St John the Baptist, Hoxton

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St John's Hoxton
St John the Baptist
with Christ Church, Hoxton
West door of St John's Hoxton
Location Hoxton,
London Borough of Hackney
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Founder(s) The Haberdashers' Co.[1]
Architect(s) Francis Edwards
Style Neoclassical
Parish St John the Baptist with
Christ Church, Hoxton[2]
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Bishop(s) Rt Revd Richard Chartres KCVO PC (Bishop of London);
Rt Revd Adrian Newman
(Suffragan Bishop of Stepney)
Archdeacon Ven Rachel Treweek (Archdeacon of Hackney)[3]
Vicar(s) Revd Graham Hunter

The Church of St John the Baptist, Hoxton, usually known as St John's Hoxton, is an urban Anglican parish church in Hoxton, Hackney, London.

Nearby are Silicon Roundabout[4] and Aske Gardens,[5] which are named after the parish's major benefactor: Alderman and Haberdasher Robert Aske.


Completed in 1826, St John's is a Georgian church in the Classical style and is the only one built to the design of Francis Edwards, Sir John Soane's foremost pupil. The building is a large example of a Commissioners' church, retaining its floor plan intact as well as its galleries and its décor is notable, particularly for its painted ceiling. It was executed by the prominent architect Joseph Arthur Reeve in the early 20th century.

In Victorian London the parish's work was recognised by social campaigners, such as the philanthropist Charles Booth, for its welfare work in a deteriorating inner-city environment. To give opportunities to the "local poor",[6] the first vicar founded what became London's largest savings bank[7] and St John's National Schools[8] which still thrive. Many members of the church became missionaries in Africa and Asia, among them the first Bishop of Chota Nagpur, the Rt Revd Jabez Cornelius Whiteley, whose father was chaplain to the Haberdashers' Aske's Hospital School formerly located in Pitfield Street.[9][10]

Robert Aske's legacy still benefits the parish and Haberdasher Street, like Aske Gardens, remain in memory of his original generosity.[11]

"Amazing Grace" (music pub. 1847)

One of the 18th-century residents of Hoxton Square,[12] the Revd John Newton, composed the popular hymn "Amazing Grace".[13] Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–97), the writer and philosopher, was born at Hoxton.

The maternal great-great-grandfather of Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge), John Goldsmith, was married to Esther Jones at St John's Church in 1850.[14]

The present vicar is the Revd Graham Hunter.

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South aspect of St John's Hoxton
Arms of St John the Baptist, Hoxton
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Coat of Arms.png
Confirmation of Grant of Arms and Crest by Robert Cooke, Clarenceux King of Arms, 8 November 1570 (Haberdashers' Co.)
On a wreath Argent and Azure issuing from Clouds two naked Arms embowed holding a Laurel wreath all Proper
Barry wavy of six Argent and Azure on a bend Gules a Lion passant guardant Or
On either side a Goat of India Argent flecked Gules membered Or
"Serve and Obey"
Armorial bearings of the Patron of the advowson of St John the Baptist with Christ Church: The Haberdashers' Company.


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Coordinates: 51°31′50″N 0°5′0″W / 51.53056°N 0.08333°W / 51.53056; -0.08333