Named after Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (sometime around 1515 – February 12, 1571) soon after his mysterious death, it was featured in John Stow’s Survey of London in 1598. 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 in the queen’s affections, the Earl of Leicester, after eating a salad at his house.
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