John Evelyn
(1620-1706)

Died aged c. 86

John Evelyn, FRS (31 October 1620 – 27 February 1706) was an English writer, gardener and diarist. Evelyn's diaries, or memoirs, are largely contemporaneous with those of his rival diarist, Samuel Pepys, and 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). Over the years, Evelyn's Diary has been overshadowed by Pepys's chronicles of 17th-century life.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Southover Grange 1572 Built by William Newton with stones from Lewes Priory The boyhood home of Diarist John Evelyn (1620-1706) when a pupil at the Grammar School

Southover High Street, Lewes, United Kingdom where they lived

On this site was built the Davies Amphitheatre 1662-1682 the last bear-baiting ring of Bankside visited by Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. To the north from mid 16th century was the Bear Gardens, a bear-baiting ring visited by Queen Elizabeth I and replaced by The Hope Playhouse 1614-1656, built for plays and bear-baiting where Ben Jonson's play 'Bartholomew Fair' was first performed

Bear Gardens, SE1, London, United Kingdom where they visited