Now occupired by the Drapers' Hall - the building was bought from King Henry VIII in 1543 for the sum of 1,800 marks (approximately £1,200). This had been the house of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex and Chief Minister to Henry, but had be... Read more
Thomas Cromwell was born here, probably in 1485. A blacksmith's son, he grew up in the then-village before working at Lambeth Palace, where (in the books, at least) his uncle John was a cook: "Where he grew up, in the streets near the quays... Read more
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