The Avenue was built in 1876 and described as a “handsome new throughfare” in 1891 off of Throgmorton Street, both named after Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (sometime around 1515 – February 12, 1571). Sir Nicholas was a statesman, diplomat and favourite during Elizabeth I’s reign. He acted as ambassador in France and played a key role in the relations between the monarch and Mary, Queen of Scots. He is thought to have been poisoned by his rival for the queen’s affections, the Earl of Leicester, after eating a salad at his house.
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