A Topographical and Statistical description of the County of Middlesex ,etc (1810) by George Alexander Cooke
Leaving Somerset Place, we observe upon the north side of the Strand, and somewhat to the westward
of the place we have been visiting, an heavy brick building, decorated at top with representations
of various animals, and having the name of Pidcock's Menagerie, painted in large characters upon the
eastern wall, which is further decorated with figures of elephants, &c This building, which is called
Exeter Change, stands upon the site of the once noble mansion of the illustrious Lord Treasurer
Burleigh, who died here in 1593, and from whom it received the name of Burleigh, or Exeter-House.
The exchange, which succeeded to this magnificent structure, did not succeed, as the New Exchange,
in Cornhill was preferred both by tenants and customers. The upper apartments of this building
are now occupied by Mr. Pidcock's collection of birds and beasts; which, after the royal collection in the tower, is esteemed the first in the kingdom.
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