How to Track a Bear in Southwark

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The primary source (archival document) transcribed: 'A North Country Song,' in Sir William Davenant et al, Wit and Drollery (London, 1656), sig F7v (EMLoT Primary Source 2488 ).The secondary source containing the transcription: E.K. Chambers, The…

The primary source (archival document) transcribed: 'A North Country Song,' in Sir William Davenant et al, Wit and Drollery (London, 1656), sig F7v (EMLoT Primary Source 2488 ).The secondary source containing the transcription: John Briley, 'Of Stake…

The primary source (archival document) transcribed: [Thomas Dekker?], The Owl's Almanac (London, 1618), sig B4 (EMLoT Primary Source 2486 ).The secondary source containing the transcription: John Payne Collier, A Bibliographical and Critical Account…

Horace, a character in Dekker's 'Satiromastix,' claims to have played 'Zulziman' at Paris Garden. The playhouse in question here is almost certainly the Swan, and not the Bear Garden.

The character Letoy in Richard Brome's 'The Antipodes' advises his actors to avoid performing 'Like one o'th' dancing Masters o'the Beare-garden.'

The 1631 edition of John Stow's 'Annals,' continued by Edmund Howes, contains an account of the burning of the Globe and Fortune theatres, and a summary of theatres built in London. Some are named but many are left unnamed. After a description of the…

The comic 'North Country Song' is told from the point of view of a visitor to London. He is enraged to find that the day he visits Paris Garden [the Hope], that a play is slated for performance, rather than a bear-baiting, '[a]nd in Hunkes his house…

The London map first published in John Norden's 1593 Speculum Britanniae reappears as an updated inset piece in his panoramic map of London, produced sometime between March and October 1600. This later version offers a view of the Swan, as well as…

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Alessandro Magno, an Italian merchant sailor, visits London in 1562, and describes his experience at the Bear Garden. The arena houses some two hundred dogs, maintained separately in small boxes made of boards; another pen houses bears and wild…
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