mobile nav


John Dryden attacked Bowden & Dryden

Plaque: John Dryden attacked


On the 19th December 1679 in the alley by the Lamb & Flag the poet John Dryden was nearly done to death by rogues hired by the Earl of Rochester.

Odd that the plaque gives the 19th and not the 18th as the date.

Site: Bowden & Dryden (3 memorials)

WC2, Rose Street, Lamb & Flag pub

This pub and the nearby streets are the subject of a post by the great A London Inheritance.

At around 8pm on 18 December 1679, Dryden was attacked in Rose Alley probably because, in his poem "An Essay upon Satire," he attacked amongst others King Charles II, one of the king's mistresses Louise De Keroualle, and the Earl of Rochester. It is generally thought that Rochester hired some henchmen to carry out the attack.

The pseudo-antique panel is on the ceiling of the passageway to the right (east) of the pub.

View this memorial on a map

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
John Dryden attacked

Information Subjects commemorated

John Dryden

Poet and playwright. Born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire. The first Poet Laur...

Read More

Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot

Poet, wit and courtier. Born Ditchley, Oxfordshire. The picture source websit...

Read More

This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
John Dryden attacked

Information Also at this site

Emma Bowden

We've found confirmation that Emma was a real person (check the details on he...

Read More

Lamb & Flag - pub information board

This plaque implicates De Keroualle in the attack on Dryden whereas it's more...

Read More