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The Corporation of London presented this sword to Admiral Horatio Nelson with the Freedom of the City in 1800. The sword was produced to commemorate Nelson's victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

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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.

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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, upon…

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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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hrhduchesskate: Place2Be Awards, Mansion House, November 22, 2016-The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of Place2Be, attended the awards ceremony for this year's child advocates helped by the organization

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