John Stokesley (about 1475 – September 8, 1539) was a Roman Catholic Bishop of London during the reign of Henry VIII. In 1529 and 1530 he went to France and Italy as ambassador to Francis I and to gain opinions from foreign universities in favour of the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He became Bishop of London and Lord Almoner in 1530, and in September 1533 christened the future Queen Elizabeth. This is one of a small number of Edwardian streets built between 1911 and 1913 that are named after bishops of London, who were lords of the manor of Fulham. Their former summer house, Fulham Palace, is a few miles away and Wormholt, as the area was referred to, was considered the waste ground of the manor and used for “depasturing cattle and swine of copyhold tenants”.
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