John Rivers

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Sir John Rivers (died 27 February 1584) was a Tudor-era businessman who became Lord Mayor of London. He was born to Richard Rivers, steward of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham's lands. Alternate spelling includes John Ryvers. He was a grocer and member of the Worshipful Company of Grocers, Sheriff of London in 1566, and Lord Mayor of London in 1573. He was knighted in 1574 and served as President of St. Thomas' Hospital between 1580 and 1584. He also served as an Alderman for the London wards of Farringdon between 1565 and 1568, Broad Street between 1568 and 1574, and Walbrook between 1574 and 1584. He married Elizabeth Barne, daughter of Sir George Barne (died 1558), and they had Sir George Rivers, who was a Member of Parliament and progenitor of the Rivers baronetcy. Rivers was lay rector at St. Mary's Church, Hadlow, Kent.

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Woodbine Street Recording Studio 1977-1981 This house is the original location of the recording studio founded by producer John Rivers. 'Ghost Town' by The Specials was recorded here in 1981

Eaton Cottage, 27 Woodbine Street, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom where they owned