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M.I. Batten, 'The Architecture of Dr. Robert Hooke F.R.S.', Walpole Society (London) 25, 103 - 104, (1936 - 37).

By the will of Alderman Aske the Haberdashers’ Company was enabled to build the Almshouses at Hoxton. The references to this occur in the second section of Hooke’s Diaries covering the periods November 1688 to March 9th, 1692, and December 6th 1692 to August 8th, 1693.

 

1690   February 7th. At Haberdashers hall 4 wardens Cap. Mould: I shewd my designe, desird Hogsden ground
(Diary missing from March 10th 1690 to December 5th 1692.)
1692  December 20th. At Hoxton. Jones. both gable ends brickd up without order, also a flat about cupola, Lucerne lights backwards, Iron cramps etc without reason salt mouldring stone. Plumber laying high gutters, bricklayers tiling front etc all without my order.
1693   January 9th. Jones and Michal here. I bid them put the slates on the middle front at Hoxton. January 19th. At Chancys, with Allen about carpenter and 
 bricklayers bill. February 10th. to Chancy, Allen and Mould 1 to coffee house in Freemans Yard. with them to Hoxton to view and measure. March 6th. An order from Haberdashers committee for covering pediments with lead. March 27th. To Hoxton. Chancy Allen Watts viewd and valued Brickwork….  1 Chancy, Allen, Mouls and Watts were members of the Haberdashers Company.
then met Chancy Allen Watts at Jon: 2 with Nicols where they cast up bills. Nicoll asserted that the usuall price for Rubbd and Gaged work was 8d per  2 Jonathan's Coffee House.
foot and that he would doe it soe. April 1st. Walk with Gof 3 to Hoxton: Statue too small. May 13th. I gave Jones the inscript for Aske. May 15th. With Chancy about Hab accounts. July 17th. With Gof and Cox plumber to Hoxton: directed pipes and covering the flat. 3 A personal friend of Hooke's. For  possible identifications see Early Science in Oxford, vol x, p. xi.

The building has since been destroyed.

Illustrations and references.

Strype’s edition of Stow’s Survey of London (1720) illustrates the Alsmhouses and names Hooke as the architect (vol. i, book i, p.212). The illustrations in Strype show the cupola mentioned by Hooke in the middle of the central block. The gable ends which Hooke mentions are not apparent in any of the illustrations. The statue of Alderman Aske is to be seen in the illustrations in a niche above the central doorway.

Craftsmen

Bricklayer: Nichol. Carpenters: Champion, Banks. Joiner: Housman. Plumbers: Cox, Michael(?)  Carver: Jones.

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