How to Track a Bear in Southwark

Directions to the Bear Garden

In our search for the early modern London Bear Garden, there are many forms of 'direction' to consider: we find geographical and descriptive clues furnished by contemporary maps that include views of the Southwark playhouses, leases and property agreements, and court documents identifying the location and parameters of the grounds, and literary witnesses offering sometimes juicy details of the playhouse character. This exhibit explores a variety of these documentary sources for the elusive and often multiple and simultaneous location(s) of the Bankside Bear Garden. 

Some of the following exhibit items include images of related primary source documents and transcriptions from the REED team, while others include an image of the original record from the EMLoT database.