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An illegal funeral souvenir.

Funeral spectators were expected to be mournful and well behaved – Jenkin Evans had other ideas.

Barnard Feay – coffin maker, undertaker and carpenter

The undertaker and coffin maker Barnard Feay lived and worked nearby. His premises are long gone but what remains of his business?

A pickpocket amidst the mourners.

Not all people at funerals were there to mourn. In this account we discover what happened when a member of the funeral crowd was found to be stealing from the pockets of those around him.

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Quarrelling Artisans at Whitehall Banqueting House

The court performances of the early seventeenth century presented an image of perfect political harmony; but backstage the reality was very different.