St Mary’s Books have recently acquired this lovely little piece which is of great local interest and is also an important part of history!
William Cecil, 1st Baron of Burghley (1520-1598) was an English statesman, the chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth I for most of her reign, twice Secretary of State, and Lord High Treasurer. Historian Albert Pollard wrote: “From 1558 for forty years the biography of Cecil is almost indistinguishable from that of Elizabeth and from the history of England”.
Burghley House, built by Lord Burghley, is one of the most important historical attractions in Stamford, where we are based. It’s a great place for a day out and we love when tourists also pay the shop a visit.
We have acquired a good example of Lord Burghley’s signature, who was advisor to Queen Elizabeth the First. It is an original signed piece loosely laid down on an old paper leaf approximately 5.2 cm by 7.8cm — a great tangible connection to the history of Burghley House, Stamford, and England itself.