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Plaque: St Olave's Church


St Olave's Church
Forward! Christ - Men. Cross - Men.
"Our own church" - Samuel Pepys, who came through this gate from the Navy Office and his home in Seething Lane to worship here. 
"My best beloved churchyard, the churchyard of St Ghastly Grim" - Charles Dickens, 'The Uncommercial Traveller'.

From the burial register:
1586 Sept. 14th Mother Goose
1665 (the Great Plague) 365 names
1703 June 4th Samuel Pepys Esq. buried in a vault under ye communion table.

'The Uncommerical Traveller' was the name of articles that Dickens wrote for his own journal 'All the Year Round'.

Site: St Olave's Church (1 memorial)

EC3, Hart Street

The ghoulish entrance to the graveyard is well-known, with the three skulls and the quote from St Paul about happiness in death. The inscription includes a date, 11 April 1658, Easter Day and, we guess, the day the gateway was inaugurated. 

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Navy Office, Seething Lane

Built on the site of Walsingham's mansion, this was the Navy Office in which ...

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St Olave Hart Street - church

Survived the Great Fire but was so badly damaged in WW2 that for the period 1...

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Great Plague

Europe suffered a number of bubonic plaque epidemics from 1347 – 1750.  The l...

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Mother Goose

The interment register at St Olaves Hart Street records Mother Goose being bu...

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Samuel Pepys

Diarist and Secretary of the Admiralty.  Born Salisbury Court, where his fath...

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Charles Dickens

Born, son of John Dickens, at No.1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsmouth (wh...

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