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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
31st March 1990 Riots began in London over the new poll tax laws
31st March 1978 Wings release London Town album
31st March 1967 Jimi Hendrix first burns a guitar on stage at the Rainbow in Finsbury Park.
31st March 1924 London public transport strike ends
Nicholas Hilliard worked here
The studio of miniature masterpiece artist Hilliard.
Location: 30 Gutter Lane, Cheapside
Description: Miniature artist Nicholas Hilliard lived here from around 1580, above one assumes was an inn called The Maydenhead. It had been leased from the Goldsmith's Company, who had Goldsmith's Hall - which is still on Gutter Lane. He had arrived in London from Paris in 1578.
Rowland Lockey (1565-1616) joined the workshop as an apprentice goldsmith, but is better known as a painter.
Another apprentice here as a limner (painting watercolour images on parchment) and miniature portrait painter was the talented Isaac Oliver. He'd moved from Rouen in 1568 to escape persecution during the French Wars of Religion.