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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
John Evelyn's House
The house where John Evelyn died.
Location: 14 Dover Street, Mayfair
Description: John Evelyn (1620-1706) was an English writer, gardener and diarist whose diaries/memoirs cast considerable light on the art, culture and politics of the time (the deaths of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, the last Great Plague of London, and the Great Fire of London in 1666). His contemporary Samuel Pepys was a lifelong acquaintance.
Evelyn and his wife Mary were outlived by just 1 of their 8 children, but it was his son John who rented this house here in about 1692. When John Jr. went to Ireland as Commissioner for Revenue in 1694, John Sr. stayed here making it his main home as the longer journey to the country took its toll on his aging figure.
On 27th February 1706 John Evelyn passed away here. His body was taken to his country residence, Wotton House in Surrey.
He was buried on the 4th March in the church where he had first gone to school in 1624.
The V&A have a magnificent cabinet made by Domenico Benotti of Florence, Italy in 1644. Evelyn had traveled extensively through Europe during the English Civil War where he picked it up. While in Florence, he ordered the pietra dura plaques directly from Benotti. When he brought it back he displayed it in his house here on Dover Street.