The diary of John Evelyn

Regular posts from the diary of John Evelyn

Month: May 1643

Thursday 4 May 1643

On the 4th I returned, with no little regret, for the confusion that threatened us. Resolving to possess myself in some quiet, if it might be, in a time of so great jealousy, I built by my brother’s permission, a study, made a fish-pond, an island, and some other solitudes and retirements at Wotton; which gave the first occasion of improving them to those waterworks and gardens which afterward succeeded them, and became at that time the most famous of England.

Wotton house and grounds in Surrey. Etching by J. Evelyn, 1653. (Wikipedia)

Tuesday 2 May 1643

I went from Wotton to London, where I saw the furious and zealous people demolish that stately Cross in Cheapside.

The Demolition of Cheapside Cross (Old and New London, Illustrated, by Walter Thornbury 1873, Wikipedia)