Ann Yearsley’s House (previously World’s end Passage, a lane running from Southernhay to the top of White Hart Steps which run up behind the present flats) Here lived Ann Yearsley, with her husband and children. It was whilst living in this house that Yearsley produced her early poems, and the tragedy Earl Grey: an Historical Play (1789). At the time that this play was staged, there was legislation to censor play suspected of political subversion, which Yearsley came up against. Although there was nothing revolutionary or uncommon about Yearsley’s moderately dissenting sentiments, it nonetheless addresses contemporaneous political themes such as despotism, justice and corruption. The play, unlike those of Hannah More, takes history as its theme rather than its setting, and yet its content is highly contemporary. Of the play, Felix Farley’s Bristol Journal (7/11/1789) wrote: ‘As the first dramatic effort of the unlettered muse, it was admitted to be a very extraordinary one, the language in general, being highly poetic, and many of the images new and beautiful, so that it was received with the loudest plaudits’.