Samuel Pepys,Fleet Street,Hercules Pillars Tavern
Pepys makes twenty three references to the Hercules Pillars in his diary.
For example - 6th February 1668- "At last I did find my wife staying for me in the entry and with her was Betty Turner, Mercer and Deb; so I got a coach, and a humour took us and I carried them to Hercules pillars and there did give them a kind of a supper of about 7s.and very merry.
It is possible that the initials on the token stand for John Symons. The Hercules Pillars was built during James 1's reign and stood on the south side of Fleet Street opposite St. Dunstans Church. John Locke who was a contemporary of Pepys, also used the tavern. He describes some drinks served there with peculiar names such as wormwood ale and scurry grass ale.
Ex George Berry Collection.
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