Brooke Road, E5

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Named after Sir Fulke Greville, later 1st Baron Brooke (October 3, 1554 – September 30, 1628), an Elizabethan poet, dramatist and statesman who was granted Brooke House, the former home of Henry Percy, Duke of Northumberland in 1596. He died at the house after being stabbed by his servant Ralph Haywood, who believed that he had been cheated in his master’s will. Haywood then turned the knife on himself. Greville’s physicians treated his wounds by filling them with pig fat rather than disinfecting them, the pig fat turned rancid and infected the wounds, and he died in agony four weeks later. The house which stood near here was knocked down in 1954.

 

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