The Bear Garden and the Globe Theatre, Bankside, London, c 16th-17th century.
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Engraving by E J Roberts made c 1820, of the Bear Garden where bears were baited by mastiffs for entertainment, and the Globe Theatre which opened in 1599. It burned down in 1613 and was rebuilt, but was finally closed down by the Puritans in 1642. A new Globe was opened in 1997, close to the original site in Southwark. The plays of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) are performed in the modern Globe, as they were in the 16th century Globe. Below are 17th century checks or tokens for the theatre in Dorset Gardens. Illustration from 'Encyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature' published in London (1810-1829).