A database of several hundred historical descriptions and references to London's sounds. They're drawn mainly from primary sources such as autobiographies, diaries and statutes, as well as novels written around the times they depict.
Sound category: Ceremony > Regular rituals of court and state
Title of work: Itinerarium Germaniae, Galliae, Angliae, Italiae, cum Indice Locorum, Rerum atque Verborum
Type of publication: Published travel account
Author: Paul Hentzner
Year of publication: 1612
Page/volume number: n/a
Queen Elizabeth at court in Greenwich
In the ante-chapel, where we were, petitions were presented to her and she received them most graciously, which occasioned the acclamation of, Long live Queen Elizabeth. She answered it with, I thank you, my good people. In the chapel was excellent music. As soon as it and the service were over, which scarce exceeded half an hour, the Queen returned, in the same state and order, and prepared to go to dinner. But while she was still at prayers, we saw her table set out with the following solemnity:
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During the time that this guard, which consists of the tallest and stoutest men that can be found in all England, being carefully selected for this service, were bringing dinner, twelve trumpets and two kettle drums made the hall ring for half-an-hour together.