Liverpool Street, 1901 sign: blue plaque marking first Bethlehem Hospital

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Blue plaque on wall of ‘1901’ restaurant, Liverpool Street

Blue plaque on wall of ‘1901’ restaurant, Liverpool Street

Civitas Londinum

Civitas Londinum: A Survey Of The Cities Of London And Westminster, The Borough Of Southwark And Parts Adjacent In The Reign Of Queen Elizabeth, attributed to Ralph Agas c.1560.

The area that has been cross-hatched in red is the site of the first Bethlehem Hospital (the Priory of the Order of the Star in Bethlehem) 1247-1676.

Detail of c. 1560 map showing 'Bedlame Gate' and 'Bedlame' itself.

Detail of c. 1560 map showing 'Bedlame Gate' and 'Bedlame' itself.

The red line from ‘Bedlame Gate’ horizontally (east-west) to Moor Fields is the line of the present Liverpool Street – a street that was called ‘Old Bethlem’ until it was renamed Liverpool Street after Lord Liverpool in the early 19th century.

 

Edgar as Poor Tom O'Bedlam in King Lear

Edgar as Poor Tom O'Bedlam in King Lear

 

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