After the nearby Worshipful Society of Apothecaries’ Hall. The Society was founded in 1617 by James I in order to restrict medicine-making to qualified druggists – until then they had been members of the Grocers’ Company – and the first hall was built here in 1633, on land that had previously belonged to Lady Howard of Effingham. Following its destruction in the Great Fire of 1666 it was rebuilt in 1668. Previously Union Street.
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