Walthamstow born George Monoux (c. 1465 – 1544), was a merchant in Bristol and London and six times Master of the Worshipful Company of Drapers, he served as Lord Mayor of London and Bristol as well as an important benefactor for his birthplace. As a merchant traded out of Bristol to France, Spain and Portugal during the late 15thCentury. On June 15, 1527 Monoux purchased land for almshouses as well as a school in Walthamstow and in his will he left property worth £50 a year to pay the salaries of a schoolmaster and parish clerk, who were to pray for his soul and to teach up to 30 children. This chantry endowment lasted until 1548 when it was suppressed in the Reformation.
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