John Carpenter Street, EC4Y

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John Carpenter (about 1372 – 1442) was town clerk of the City of London in the early 15thCentury, but it was as founder of the City of London School that he was remembered nearly 300 years later, when this road was laid out in the 1880s following the completion of Victoria Embankment. He was the author of the first book of English common law, called Liber Albus (the White Book). When he died he bequeathed money “for the finding and bringing up of four poore men’s children with meate, drink, apparel and learning.”

 

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