Puddle Dock (1674)
In 1674 a publication entitled ‘News from Puddle-Docke in London, or, A Perfect particuler of the strange apparitions and transactions that have happened in the house of Mr. Edward Pitts next door to the still at Puddle-Dock’ was printed. As the title suggests it concerned the reported haunting Edward Pitts home. The experiences relating to this haunting included poltergeist activity and an apparition of a large cat (about the size of a mastiff) without any limbs.
Just prior to his death William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – died 23 April 1616) bought property not too far away from Puddle Dock according to Old and New London (Volume 1) published I 1878, “In 1613 we find Shakespeare purchasing a plot of ground not far from Blackfriars Theatre, and abutting on a street leading down to Puddle Wharf, “right against the king’s majesty’s wardrobe;” but he had retired to Stratford, and given up London and the stage before this. The deed of this sale was sold in 1841 for £162 5s.”