The Avenue was built in 1876 and described as a “handsome new throughfare” in 1891 off of Throgmorton Street, which itself was named after Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (sometime around 1515 – February 12, 1571). He was a statesman and diplomat and favourite during Elizabeth I’s reign. He acted as ambassador in France and played a key role in the relations between the monarch and Mary, Queen of Scots. He is thought to have been poisoned by his rival in the queen’s affections, the Earl of Leicester, after eating a salad at his house.
Drapers Gardens – after the adjacent Worshipful Company of Drapers building
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