The Vertue of the COFFEE Drink, Pasqua Rosee 1652
A handbill written by Pasqua Rosee on the benefits of drinking coffee.
He notes that 'It [coffee] will prevent Drowsiness, and make one fit for Busines, if one have occasion to Watch, and therefore you are not to drink of it after Supper, unless you intend to be watchful, for it will hinder sleep for 3 or 4 hours'
Early reference to Lloyd's Coffee House, London Gazette 1689
James Gordon, esq at Lloyd's Coffee House in London
Businessmen tended to not have offices in eighteenth century London. Instead, they used the coffeehouses and had their post delivered there too!
Ship lists of May & June 1778
This list of ships was delayed in reaching its final destination, Lloyd's Coffee House, as it had been 'intercepted by an American Privateer carried into Gibraltar from whence was forwarded'.
Lloyd's Coffee House
This film was made in the 1960s, bringing Lloyd's Coffee House to life.
The 1764 Register Book
To record the conditions of maritme vessels, a register book was created. The earliest surviving of these is from 1764.
For each ship, information was recorded on their name, ports of origin and destination, master, owner, tonnage, guns, place and year of build and the all important classification.
In the 1764 Register Book, there were 4,118 ships listed, the first being called Albemarle and the most popular name being Nancy.
Over the years, the Register Book has changed but is still the heart of the work of Lloyd's Register.
Fire at the Royal Exchange, Queen Victoria's Journal, 22 January 1838
Lloyd's Coffee House by Mrs G A Campbell
2020 marks 260 years since the creation of Lloyd's Register at Edward Lloyd's Coffee House.
Though Lloyd's Register and the Lloyd's Register Foundation (formed in 2012) have gone on to work around the world, we have never forgotten our origins in Edward Lloyd's Coffee House.
In the 1960s, Mrs G A Campbell, a member of the Lloyd's Register Arts Guild, presented the Society with a beautiful model of Lloyd's Coffee House. As the Coffee House no longer exists, it gives us a fantastic opportunity to visualise how it might have looked.
The model sits proudly in the Heritage & Education Centre as a reminder of the Lloyd's Register origin story.