Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy



Chaucer’s Tabard in its later reincarnation as The Talbot.

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Coffee Houses


The Adelphi Hotel The Adelphi. (Osborne’s Hotel). ‘It is situated, as it has always been, at the corner of John and Adam Streets, and was first opened in 1777 as the Adelphi New Tavern and Coffee House.’ Gibbon stayed there (8th August, 1787), arriving from Lausanne upon ‘completion of his History’. Crabbe and his wife stayed there for a while, and Rowlandson died in a room there in 1827. The King and Queen of Sandwich died there when visiting England from the smallpox. HQ for ‘the famous O.P. Club’ (?). It is here that Pickwick announces he will settle down. The surrounding area was popular with Dickens. ”Many people of note have stayed at “The Adelphi” beside the Dingley Dell contingent, and it is related that a famous duel was once fought here between Capain Stony and Mr. Bates, the editor of the Morning Post, the latter having published a paragraph about a lady in whom the captain was interested.’ (Popham, pp.14-15).

Anchor Liphook. On the main road between London and Portsmouth and renowned for its Royal connections: Edward II, Elizabeth I, Queen Anne, George III, William IV. Other visitors include Nelson, ‘and in 1815 the Allied Sovereigns met here, with Blucher and Wellington. And to salt this collection of royalties and militaries, there was another frequent guest – John Wilkes.’ (Burke, p.98)

The Altered State: England, Literature and the Pub, by Steven Earnshaw

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