Godfrey Place, E2

Place name

Named after Michael Godfrey (February 22, 1658 РJuly 17, 1695), the first Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, whose family hailed from Woodford, then in Essex. He wrote the first by-laws of the Bank but he is perhaps best known for his untimely death. In July 1695 he traveled to Flanders to talk about setting up a branch of the bank to mint coins for paying the troops. The king under siege at the Battle of Namur, invited them to see the action close-up, where the unfortunate Godfrey was killed by a canon ball.

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