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In the 16th century, Inns were often sited conveniently close to the markets in London. A visitor might want to leave his horse or coach at the Inn, before he made his way through the narrow streets on foot. These Inns were perhaps the equivalent of modern hotels, being substantial establishments with stabling to accommodate a considerable number of horses. To quote a statement of the time, ‘Every man may use his Inn as his own home … our Inns are very well furnished with napery( household linen), bedding and tapestry. Table linen is washed daily and each comer is sure to lie in clean sheets and if his chamber be once appointed(booked in), he may carry the key with him. The host of the Inn was responsible for any loss sustained by the guest whilst on his premises. Unfortunately for the guest, a number of Inn employees colluded with highwaymen and cutpurses and if a robbery took place after he left the Inn, the landlord was not liable.

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