Dr. Spurstowe House
September 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
Out of ye pious intention of WILLIAM SPURSTOWE D.D. deceased. for. : merly Vicar of this Parish of Hackney (these six almshouses were Erected & built Anno Dmni 1666, for ye Habitations & dwellings of six Poore Widdowes of this Parish, of good life & Conversation who dyed before hee made a Settlement upon y said Almshouses. & after his decease HENRY SPURSTOWE, late of London Esq Brother te? y said Dr. to Perfect & Establish ye Dr:s good worke Anno Dmni 1667settled for ever certain Lands in y said Parish on several Trustees for ye said six poor Widdowes better support & maintenance & for no other persons what soever. In testimony whereof HENRY SPURSTOWE of London. Gent Son of ye said HENRY hath erected this Inscription. Anno domini 1689.
The cartouche of arms and tablet were removed from the original almshouses in Sylvester Path E.8 (round the back of the Hackney Empire) when demolished in 1966. Dr Spurstowe was Vicar of the parish of Hackney from 1643 until his death in 1666. During the Civil War he supported Parliament and was chaplain to the regiment of John Hampden in the army of the Earl of Essex. Dr Spurstowe was present at the negotiations with King Charles I at Newport. He bitterly lammented the death of the King.