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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Under 15 Sovereigns

 
 
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Marker
Inscription.

Rebuilt 1667
in the reign of Charles II
and continued successively
in the Reigns of

James II 1685-1688
Interregnum Dec. 11, 1688 - Feb. 13, 1689
William III & Mary II 1609 - 1702
Anne 1702 - 1714
George I 1714 - 1727
George II 1727 - 1760
George III 1760 - 1820
George IV 1820 - 1830
William IV 1830 - 1837
Victoria 1837 - 1901
Edward VII 1901 - 1910
George V 1910 - 1936
Edward VIII 1936
George VI 1936 - 1952
Elizabeth II 1952
 
Location. 51° 30.86′ N, 0° 6.426′ W. Marker is in City of London, England. Marker is at the intersection of Fleet Street and Wine Office Court on Fleet Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 Fleet Street, City of London, England EC4A 2BU, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Standard (here, next to this marker); All the Year Round, conducted by Charles Dickens (a few steps from this marker); The Daily Express (a few steps from this marker); Bradbury & Evans (within shouting distance of this marker); Anti-Corn-Law League (within
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
2. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here just to the right of the door. Although the pub has a Fleet Street address, the entrance here is on Wine Office Court.
shouting distance of this marker); Two Famous Clockmakers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tipperary (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Pepys (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of London.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (Wikipedia). "Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a Grade II listed public house at 145 Fleet Street, on Wine Office Court, City of London. Rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666, the pub is known for its literary associations, with its regular patrons having included Charles Dickens, G.K. Chesterton and Mark Twain....Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of a number of pubs in London to have been rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666. There has been a pub at this location since 1538. While there are several older pubs which have survived because they were beyond the reach of the fire, or like The Tipperary on the opposite side of Fleet Street because they were made of stone, this pub continues to attract interest due to the curious lack of natural lighting inside which generates its own gloomy charm....The literary figures Oliver Goldsmith,
"What the Kaiser?" - Scott and Polly Postcard View image. Click for full size.
circa 1925
3. "What the Kaiser?" - Scott and Polly Postcard View
"For around 40 years, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was associated with an African grey parrot named Polly. The popularity of Polly was perhaps down to her ability to speak obscenities, with "f**k the Kaiser" being a rumoured favourite. The fame of the parrot was such that on its death in 1926 around 200 newspapers across the world wrote an obituary..." - Wikipedia
Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, P. G. Wodehouse and Dr. Johnson are all said to have been 'regulars'. However, there is no recorded evidence that Dr Johnson ever visited the pub, only that he lived close by, at 17 Gough Square....Charles Dickens had been known to use the establishment frequently, and due to the pub's gloomy charm it is easy to imagine that Dickens modelled some of his darker characters there. The pub is famously alluded to in Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities: following Charles Darnay’s acquittal on charges of high treason, Sydney Carton invites him to dine, "drawing his arm through his own" Carton leads him to Fleet Street "up a covered way, into a tavern … where Charles Darnay was soon recruiting his strength with a good plain dinner and good wine". R.L.Stevenson mentions the Cheese in The Dynamiter (1885), 'a select society at the Cheshire Cheese engaged my evenings.' " (Submitted on December 12, 2017.) 

2. London's Oldest Pub is Filled with History (The City Story). "If you’re looking for an old and cozy place to get a drink, it doesn’t get older and cosier than Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Rebuilt in 1667 after the great fire of London, the location is known to have been home to a pub since 1538. Four hundred and seventy eight years has brought
<i>Toddy at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese</i> image. Click for full size.
Painting by Walter Dendy Sadler, postcard (~1910) published by Hartmann, circa 1890
4. Toddy at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
this pub a fair share of famous patrons like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G Wodehouse, and Mark Twain." (Submitted on December 12, 2017.) 
 
Additional keywords. Pub
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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