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.

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