Stephen Foster (Lord Mayor of London)

Sir Stephen Forster (fl. 1454) was a fishmonger and later Lord Mayor of London.


He was the son of Robert Forster of London, a stockfish merchant. Elected Sheriff of London in 1444, he became Lord Mayor of London in 1454, and served as the city's Member of Parliament in King Henry VI's 13th parliament.[1] According to historian John Strype, Foster married a widow named Agnes, who enlarged Ludgate prison (where Forster had at one time been imprisoned for debt[2]) and improved conditions for those incarcerated therein.[3]

In literatureEdit

Agnes and Stephen Forster appear as characters in William Rowley's (1586–1626) play A New Wonder, a Woman Never Vexed, based on their lives.[4]


  1. ^ Hazlitt, William Carew (1875). Fuimus Troes: The True Trojans. p. 90.
  2. ^ Smith, William (1833). A new history and survey of the cities of London and Westminster, and the borough of Southwark. p. 81.
  3. ^ Strype, John (1633). A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster. London. p. 278.
  4. ^ Harvey, William (1863). London Scenes and London People: Anecdotes, Reminiscences, and Sketches of Places, Personages, Events, Customs, and Curiosities of London City, Past and Present. W.H. Collingridge. p. 255.