Once just London Alley – the Old Bell Inn was a seventeenth-century Coleman Street hotel – No. 14, another bar, denote the site where in the garret London-conceived Robert Bloomfield (1766–1823) composed the ballad that made his notoriety. Offering 25,000 duplicates of 'The Farmer's Boy' even before it was interpreted into French, Italian and afterward Latin (Agricolae Puer) this empowered him to stop his works as a shoemaker in spite of the fact that in later life he again fell on poor times and kicked the bucket a beggar in the wake of neglecting to make it as a book retailer.
The pioneer was one Thomas Venner, a cooper and an individual from the Fifth Monarchist faction which was dynamic from 1649 to 1661 and took its name from a faith in a prescience from the Book of Daniel. This gathered four old governments – Assyrian, Persian, Macedonian and Roman – would go before the Second Coming. Connecting the year 1666 by its numerical relationship to a section in the Book of Revelation, the Fifth Monarchists anticipated that that year would proclaim a conclusion to the principle on earth of man. London wanted to pre-empt this by arranging an outfitted band to seize power for 'Lord Jesus'. Inside not exactly a week he had been gotten, in any case, and accused of treachery. He was immediately hanged, drawn and quartered and the faction pretty much failed out by then.