Samuel Pepys 1633-1703, famous diarist and naval administrator. The story behind our name…
Samuel Pepys was born on February 23rd 1633 in Salisbury Court off Fleet Street, London.
Pepys started his diary in 1660 and went on writing it until 1669. It is full of information about his life in London, his wife, friends and lovers, his work and important naval and parliament duties. It also includes insight into major historical events such as the Great Fire of London.
At the beginning of 1679 Samuel Pepys was elected MP for Harwich in Charles II’s third parliament which formed part of the Cavalier Parliament. He was elected along with Sir Anthony Deane, a Harwich alderman and leading naval architect, to whom Pepys had been patron since 1662.
Pepys was often in Harwich on naval business and is said to have frequented this old tavern on many a visit to satisfy his notorious love of good food, wine and the company of others.