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Andrewes House: Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) - theologian, famous preacher, Vicar of St. Giles for seventeen years. Eventually Bishop of Winchester.

Brandon Mews: Robert Brandon (14th Century) - Earl of Suffolk. Granted the Manor of Basecourt (known as Barbican), by Edward III in 1336. 

Breton House: Nicholas Breton (1553 - 1625) - poet, satirist. Lived in Barbican area. 

Ben Jonson House: Ben Jonson (1572-1637), actor, playwright, (Bartholomew Fair etc). Lived for some years in the parish of Cripplegate.

Bryer Court: W. Bryer and Sons (19th-20th Centuries), gold and silver refiners, watchmakers etc. Premises in Barbican Street. 

Bunyan Court: John Bunyan (1628-1688), preacher, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Preached in Monkwell Street, buried in Bunhill Fields.

Cromwell Tower: Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), soldier, statesman, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. Married Elizabeth Bourchier at St. Giles’ Church.

Defoe House: Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), journalist, author of Robinson Crusoe etc. Probably born in Fore Street. Died in Ropemaker Street and buried in Bunhill Fields.

Frobisher Crescent: Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594), sailor. Knighted during the ‘Battle of the Armada’. Buried St. Giles’ Cripplegate.

Gilbert House: Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539-1583) explorer, soldier, sailor. Drowned off the Azores following successful expedition to Newfoundland: lived at one time in Redcross Street.

John Trundle Court: John Trundle (c. 1600), stationer. Premises in the Barbican. Published with Nicholas Ling, the first quarto of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

Lambert Jones Mews: Richard Lambert Jones (b. 1783). Member of the Court of Common Council for the ward of Cripplegate-without. Chairman of Library Committee for nineteen years. 

Lauderdale Tower: John Maitland created first Earl of Lauderdale by Charles I in 1624. One of his homes was Lauderdale House on Aldersgate Street.

Mountjoy House: Christopher Mountjoy, who came to London in 1572 and lived with William Shakespeare on Silver Street whilst making tires. Shakespeare was a court witness to an action brought against Christopher Mountjoy by his son-in-law.

Seddon House: George Seddon (d. 1801), master cabinet maker. Established huge furniture emporium in Aldersgate Street.

Shakespeare Tower: William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Actor, poet, playwright. Born in Stratford-Upon-Avon but spent most of his working life in London. Known to have lodged at the Mountjoys’ in Silver Street in 1604. 

Speed House: John Speed (1552-1629), Merchant Tailor, historian and cartographer. Produced a series of maps of the counties of England and Wales. Buried St. Giles Cripplegate.

Thomas More House: Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), statesman, author, lawyer: imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually beheaded. Born in Cripplegate parish.

Willoughby House: Catharine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk (1520-1580). Upholder of the new ‘Protestant’ beliefs. Taunted Bishop Gardiner and later forced to flee abroad temporarily from her home in the Barbican.

20 March 2012
Last Modified:
01 May 2014
Sarah Styles