Hoxton (1)

I feel slightly badly that Hoxton has so few entries in my book – only one – whereas neighbouring Haggerston has seven.   So, I went to explore it.

I had never seen St. John the Baptist, Hoxton, a Commissioner’s Church built in 1826 to a design by Francis Edwards, a pupil of John Soane, with fantastic Ionic capitals and very good iron railings:-

To the south is Aske’s Hospital, originally built from the estate of Robert Aske, who left £20,000 for the establishment of almshouses in 1689.   After falling into disrepair, they were reconstructed during the 1820s by David Riddel Roper and in 1898, it became the Shoreditch Technical Institute:-

I ended up in Hoxton Street:-


7 thoughts on “Hoxton (1)

  1. Very good to see Hoxton featuring (and how about Shoreditch Town Hall, and St Leonard’s, and indeed Colomba Road, its Market, and the Chocolate Factory?). Aske Square, and the classical facade of Aske College (and the Passmore Edwards) are also worth a mention.

    Richard Rogers and I featured Hoxton’s Arden Estate in A NEW LONDON. It has none of the historic architectural details that you write about so well but it’s an interesting example of how London can get architecture wrong.

  2. rod harper says:

    Next time you go past Hoxton Hall it would be worth ringing the bell, and asking if you could have a look at the musical which remains pretty well intact I think its one of the 2 last remaining ?

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