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The Swan, The Bear Garden and the Globe, c1638

The Swan, The Bear Garden and the Globe, c1638

Opposite the City Of London, where the Swan, Hope, Bull Ring and Globe Theatre had also been situated. The Bear Garden was originally built as a blood sport arena. Bear and Bull baiting were major spectator sports and there were several purpose-built arenas in this area specifically designed to house these events. Bear baiting had been introduced to England during the Medieval period of the 1200s-- nearly every town in Elizabethan England boasted a Bull and Bear baiting ring. 

Link to full text and information source:  Eilizabethean Era Website, Authored by Linda Alchin -http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/bear-garden.htm

Image source: Image source - Circulating Collection, Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. Subject: Theatres - England

Original image source: Section of a View of London by Merian, The Folger Shakespeare Library , c1935

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