London Merchants and Their Residences

London Merchants and Their Residences

Paper given by Simon Thurley

Delivered at the Museum of London on 17 January 2018

During the Middle Ages, London was home to one of the largest and richest merchant communities in the world. These men and their families invested heavily in fine architecture both for business and pleasure. Simon Thurley, Visiting Professor of the Built Environment unearths the lost mercantile buildings of medieval London and shows how influential they were.

Professor Simon Thurley, CBE, is an architectural historian, a regular broadcaster and was, for thirteen years, Chief Executive of English Heritage. Prior to joining English Heritage in 2002, he served as the Director of the Museum of London. Between 1990 to 1997 he was the Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation responsible for Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Kew Palace. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

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