Exeter Exchange

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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 Chapter 33 
"I wished very much to call upon you yesterday," said he, "but it was impossible, for we were obliged to take Harry to see the wild beasts at Exeter Exchange: and we spent the rest of the day with Mrs. Ferrars. Harry was vastly pleased. This morning I had fully intended to call on you, if I could possibly find a spare half-hour, but one has always so much to do on first coming to town. I am come here to bespeak Fanny a seal. But to-morrow I think I shall certainly be able to call in Berkeley Street, and be introduced to your friend Mrs. Jennings. I understand she is a woman of very good fortune. And the Middletons too, you must introduce me to them . As my mother-in-law's relations, I shall be happy to shew them every respect. They are excellent neighbours to you in the country, I understand."

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