1581 Apprentice Book

An entry from Apprentice Book 1 dated 1581

‘I Rowland Lockey son of Leonard Lockey of this parish of St Bride’s Fleet Street, crossbowmaker, have put myself (ap)prentice to Nicholas Hilliard…’ Lockey completed his apprenticeship with Elizabethan England’s most famous miniaturist and later worked under the patronage of Bess of Hardwick at Hardwick Hall.

An entry from Apprentice Book 1 dated 1581

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The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327.


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