In Search of Throckmorton

A photography tour of London took place to discover the Heritage sites relevant to the Throckmorton and Lady Jane Grey installation taking place at St Katharine Cree from 19 June 2017.

The Guildhall was built in 1440, but parts date to 1411. In addition to the trial of Throckmorton, the trials of Lady Jane Grey, and the Protestant Martyr Anne Askew took place here as well.The Guildhall was where the trials for the nobles involved in Wyatt’s Rebellion were held. The accused did not have legal counsel, but had to conduct their own defence. Tried for treason, the nobles were given the death penalty. Of the accused, only Throckmorton was acquitted. To get acquitted from a Tudor court, particularly when you’re accused of committing treason, was a very unusual thing. Throckmorton must have been a very skilled public speaker – and had many connections – to manage this.

Nicholas Throckmorton went on to becoming the chief Banker in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Throgmorton Street is named after him.

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