St Martins pub history index
THE RUMMER TAVERN.
Rummer court, Charing Cross in 1746 -
John Rocque map
The locality of this noted tavern is given by Cunningham, as "two doors from
Locket's, between Whitehall and Charing Cross, removed to the water-side of
Charing Cross, in 1710, and burnt down Nov. 7th, 1750. It was kept in the reign
of Charles II., by Samuel Prior, uncle of Matthew Prior, the poet, who thus
wrote to Fleetwood Shephard :
The Night - Hogarth and the Rummer Tavern opposite the Cardigans Head
The Rummer is introduced by Hogarth into his picture of " Night." and that a night of rejoicing, viz. the 29th of May; evident from the bonfires, the oaken bough upon the barber's pole, and the oak leaves fixed in the freemasons' hats. The scene is taken from the narrow part of Charing Cross, as it formerly stood before the way was widened, looking from Whitehall, and exhibits the Rummer Tavern on one side, and the Cardigan's Head on the other ;
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There are references to Samuel Prior being here in 1685.
He is the Uncle of Matthew Prior, a famous poet. I carry more about him on the
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September 1738 notes the death of a Mr Finch, Master of the Rummer Tavern, Charing Cross.
1805/William Drought/../../../Holdens Directory
We remember an old tavern, "the Rummer," in 1825, which was taken down with the lower portion of St. Martin's lane, to form Trafalgar square.