The Bell Savage Inn and Wyatt's Rebellion
It was in the yard at the Bell Savage that Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion against Queen Mary I came to an inglorious end. "Adjoining Ludgate Hill was the tavern know as "La Belle Sauvage" a coaching house and inn-yard. Wyatt entered the courtyard and sat down on a bench, with only a handful of men left. His rearguard was cut off and dispersed and he had no means of forcing the gate. He decided to retreat and with only 60 men turned back to Charing Cross."
William Shakespeare - Love's Labours Lost at the Bell Savage Inn
The William Shakespeare play was known to have been performed at the Bell Savage Inn
Love's Labour Lost. A brochure published in 1595 refers to 'a merry dialogue between Bankes and his Beast ... intituled to Mine Host of the Belsavuage and all his honest guests.'
Bell Savage Inn - Interesting Facts and Information about Inn- Yard Elizabethan Theatres
Interesting Facts and information about the Bell Savage Inn Elizabethan Theatre
- Name of this type of Elizabethan Theatre taken directly from the yard of an Inn
- Elizabethan plays were performed in the cobbled courtyard
- Audience capacity of an Elizabethan Inn-Yard - up to 500
- There was gambling and there was even bear baiting in it's Inn-yard
Bell Savage Inn mentioned in 1703 newspaper Article
An early eighteenth century newspaper mentioned the Bell Savage Inn in its despatches: "On Friday night, the 26 November 1703 an instant, happened as violent a storm of wind as was ever known in England; it began about 11, and continued till about 7 the next morning, the Bell Savage Inn, on Ludgate Hill, the floor sunk, and he in his bed fell into the stable without receiving any hurt; others happily escaped by running out of their beds and houses, the chimneys and roofs falling in soon after their removal."