The first Royal Exchange building was erected by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1565–7 as a bourse where merchants and bankers could meet. Modelled on the Antwerp Bourse, it lay in the city of London between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill. Elizabeth I proclaimed it the Royal Exchange on her visit in 1570. In 1982 its central glass‐domed courtyard was refurbished and occupied by the financial futures market.
Subjects: British History.