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White Hart Inn, Covent Garden, has given its name to Hart-street, Covent-Carden, and is mentioned in a lease to Sir William Cecil (Lord Burleigh) of Sept. 7th, 1570. Weever has preserved an epitaph in the Savory Church on an old vintner of the White Hart.
“Here lieth Humphrey Gosling, of London, vintner,
Of the Whyt Hart of this parish a neghbor,
Of virtuous behauiour, a very good archer,
And of honest mirth, a good company keeper.
So well inclined to poore and rich,
God send more Goslings to be sich.”
Gosling died in 1586.
Source: A Handbook for London, Past and Present. Peter Cunningham. Published by John Murray 1849.