One of the more unique sites on the internet is getting ready to post its final update. Since 2003, Phil Gyford has posted an entry from the diary of Londoner Samuel Pepys, who famously kept a detailed account of his daily live from 1660 until 1669. Gyford started publishing Pepys' diary entries online on January 1st, 2003, and has since kept publishing each entry exactly 343 years after it first was written, but now Gyford has reached the end of the road. Pepys' final journal entry was dated May 31st, 1669, and it will go live on Gyford's site today at 9PM BST, marking the end of a nine-year run.
The diary, which was originally published back in 1825, covered a number of historical events like the London plague of 1665 and the great fire of London in 1666, as well as an in-depth look at Pepys' personal life and the daily lives of those living in the mid-17th century. While Pepys lived for another 34 years, he stopped writing the diary on this date 343 years ago because of his declining eyesight. And while Gyford's may not have new entries to post anymore, we expect the site will continue on — there's plenty of in-depth articles, annotations to the diary entries, a discussion group, and a full encyclopedia of people, places, and things from Pepys' time period.