SIR WILLIAM WALWORTH (died 1385), was twice Lord Mayor of London
(1374–75 and 1380–81). He is best known for killing
His family came from Durham . He was apprenticed to John Lovekyn, a member of the Fishmongers Guild , and succeeded his master as alderman of Bridge Ward in 1368, becoming sheriff in 1370 and lord mayor in 1374. He was Member of Parliament for the City of London in 1371, 1376, 1377, and 1383 as one of the two aldermanic representatives of the city.
He is said to have suppressed usury in the city during his term of office as mayor. His name frequently figures as advancing loans to Richard II . He supported the king's uncle John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster in the city, where there was a strong opposition to John.
His most famous exploit was his encounter with
Walworth raised the city bodyguard in the king's defence, for which
service he was rewarded by knighthood and a pension . He subsequently
served on two commissions to restore the peace in the county of
He died in 1385, and was buried in the church of St. Michael, Crooked Lane , of which he was a considerable benefactor. Sir William Walworth was the most distinguished member of the Fishmongers Gu