William Lilly

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William Lilly
Birth and death
1602 - 1681
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Alistair Grant

William Lilly (1602-1681) famous astrologer, predicted the Great Fire of London of 1666. Lilly retired to a small estate in Hersham, and was buried in Walton. In 1652 Lilly was able to buy Hurst Wood, a large house at Hersham, near Walton-on-Thames, for the equivalent of perhaps £150,000 in today's money. On his death in 1681, he left his house to Carleton Whitelock, son of Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke, the parliamentarian lawyer during the Civil War.

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