Sir Richard (Dick) Whittington (1354-1423)


Sir Richard Whittington has a somewhat tenuous link to Great Torrington. He married the daughter of Sir Ivo FitzWarren who, in 1401, was patron of John Carter, Priest of the Chapel of St. James, Torrington Castle.
 
Sir Richard was a medieval merchant and a politician. 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.

Sir Richard (Dick) Whittington (1354-1423)


Sir Richard Whittington has a somewhat tenuous link to Great Torrington. He married the daughter of Sir Ivo FitzWarren who, in 1401, was patron of John Carter, Priest of the Chapel of St. James, Torrington Castle.
 
Sir Richard was a medieval merchant and a politician. 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.

Sir Richard (Dick) Whittington (1354-1423)


Sir Richard Whittington has a somewhat tenuous link to Great Torrington. He married the daughter of Sir Ivo FitzWarren who, in 1401, was patron of John Carter, Priest of the Chapel of St. James, Torrington Castle.
 
Sir Richard was a medieval merchant and a politician. 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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Telephone - 01805 622306
Email - enquiries@torringtonmuseum.org.uk
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© 2016 Great Torrington Heritage Museum