Richard Whittington
(1354-1423)

Mayor of London (1397-1398), Mayor of London (1406-1407), and Mayor of London (1419-1420)

Died aged c. 69

Richard Whittington (c. 1354–1423) of the parish of St Michael Paternoster Royal, City of London, was an English merchant and a politician of the late medieval period. He is also the real-life inspiration for the English folk tale Dick Whittington and His Cat. He was four times Lord Mayor of London, a member of parliament and a sheriff of London. In his lifetime he financed a number of public projects, such as drainage systems in poor areas of medieval London, and a hospital ward for unmarried mothers. He bequeathed his fortune to form the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington which, nearly 600 years later, continues to assist people in need.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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The house of Richard Whittington Mayor of London stood on this site 1423

20 College Hill, EC4, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Richard Whittington four times Mayor of London founded and was buried in this church 1422

St Michael Paternoster Church, College Hill, London, United Kingdom where they was buried (1423)