Esoteric London

No. 779: Stoke Newington Church Street, N16

Posted in Catastrophes, Drink, Theatrical London by esotericlondon on February 21, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8134 copy

Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Curiosities of London Exhibiting the Most Rare and Remarkable Objects of Interest in the Metropolis with nearly Sixty Years’ Personal Recollections – John Timbs, F.S.A., 1867:

[…] the Piazza Coffee-house [Covent Garden was] much frequented by [Richard Brinsley] Sheridan and John Kemble; and here is located the well-known anecdote told of Sheridan’s coolness during the burning of Drury-lane Theatre, in 1809. It is said that as he sat at the Piazza, during the fire [that was destroying his theatre], taking some refreshment, a friend of his having remarked on the philosophical calmness with which he bore his misfortune, Sheridan replied: “A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of wine by his own fireside.”

 

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