In course of time the name
was changed to "Bell and Savage and then Bell Savage.
The Bell Savage Inn -
The known facts about the
Bell Savage Inn, which was used as one of the venues for early
English Elizabethan Theatre, are as follows:
of the Bell Savage Inn - Ludgate Hill
plays were performed in the courtyard of the Bell Savage
Inn between 1576 & 1594
The name of the
Inn was also known as the Belle Savage
The Bell Savage
Inn was described as 'consisting of about 40 rooms, with
good cellarage and stabling for 100 horses'
- The sign of the Bell Savage
Inn was a savage man standing on a bell.
- The Elizabethan
Acting Troupes would negotiate with the owner, or vintner,
of the Bell Savage Inn in order to stage a performance at
the Bell Savage Inn
- The Cobbled Courtyard of the Bell
Savage Inn was the site of Elizabethan plays - a temporary
stage would be erected on trestles.
- The Bell Savage
continued to be the terminus for coaching services to London
throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries
- People who
wanted to watch the plays at the Bell Savage Inn were
charged a small fee as they entered the courtyard - they had
to pay extra if they wanted a view from the balcony.
Bell Savage Inn
In 1574 the City of London
started regulating the Inn-yard activities which lead to the development
of the covered Playhouses and the open Amphitheatres and the ultimate
replacement of the Inn-yards for venues of Elizabethan plays and theatres.
The Bell Savage Inn and Wyatt's
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
plays were performed in the cobbled courtyard
capacity of an Elizabethan Inn-Yard - up to 500
gambling and there was even bear baiting in it's
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."