Monthly Archives: December 2016

Though John Evelyn’s plan for a Baroque London was quashed soon after the Great Fire, he wrote a stonking book on trees

1665 and 1666 were turbulent years for John Evelyn, who besides being a country gentleman, commissioner at the court of the king and urban planner, was also a Londoner and London diarist to boot. In 1665 Evelyn would have witnessed the denizensĀ of London being ravaged by the Plague. Many died and others left the city, […]