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In 1752, when Ann Fanshawe was twenty-eight years old, her father Crisp Gascoyne was appointed as Lord Mayor of London, and became the first incumbent to take residence in the newly built Mansion House. Since Margaret, her mother, had died back in 1740, it fell upon Ann to assume the role of Lady Mayoress and this spectacular dress of Spitalfields silk, which was purchased by the Museum of London from one of her descendants in 1983, is believed to have been made to be worn just once

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Ann Fanshawe's dress of Spitalfields silk incorporating hops and barley, symbols of brewing. (Spitalfieldslife.com/Museum of London)

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The Prospect of Whitby, a historic public house on the banks of the Thames at Wapping in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets http://www.photoblog.com/Robertthebob/2007/09/08/bye-bye-wapping-and-accidentally-more-grey-photos.html

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Hever Castle was a C13 country house converted in 1462 into a manor by Geoffrey Boleyn, who held the post of Lord Mayor of the City of London.

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Canonbury Tower, London.Built in 1509. Occupied by Thomas Cromwell, Lord Mayor of London John Spencer and Artist Francis Bacon

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Spitalfields silk dress worn by Ann Fanshawe, Lady Mayoress in 1752, daughter to Lord Mayor of London Crisp Gascoyne. Dress in the Collection of the Museum of London. Cream silk ground brocaded with polychrome silks and silver metal thread.