Have you heard of... Nicholas Hawksmoor?

Have you heard of... Nicholas Hawksmoor?

Born in Northamptonshire in about 1661, Nicholas Hawksmoor was Sir Christopher Wren's assistant in the design and supervision of the building of St. Paul's Cathedral, Chelsea Hospital, royal residences, and many City churches. Hawksmoor was made deputy surveyor of the works at Greenwich Hospital in 1706, and surveyor general at Westminster Abbey in 1723. He also worked with Sir John Vanbrugh on Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace.

Hawksmoor was appointed as one of the architects under the Act of Parliament of 1711 for Building Fifty New Churches. Many churches prior to this had been destroyed in the Great Fire. However, of the proposed fifty churches only twelve were completed and Hawksmoor designed six of these - St. George-in-the-East, Stepney; Christ Church, Spitalfields; St. Anne's, Limehouse; St. Alfege, Greenwich; St. George's, Bloomsbury; and St. Mary, Woolnoth. Hawksmoor's design style was very distinctive and he is considered a significant figure in the development of Baroque architecture.

Nicholas Hawksmoor died on 25 March 1736.

Today's walk connected the six Hawksmoor churches starting at St. Alfege in Greenwich and finishing with St. George's, Bloomsbury. I decided to end the walk at Westminster Abbey, as after Wren's death in 1723, Hawksmoor was appointed Surveyor to Westminster Abbey and the West Towers were designed by him, though they were not completed until after his death.

Distance: around 9.5 miles

St. Alfege, Greenwich

St. Anne's, Limehouse

St. George-in-the-East, Stepney

Christ Church, Spitalfields

St. Mary, Woolnoth

St. George's, Bloomsbury

Westminster Abbey

Few more pictures from the walk...

Cycle Superhighway 2

Cycle Superhighway 2

1400 miles walked

1400 miles walked