St John the Baptist, Hoxton
|St John's Hoxton|
|St John the Baptist
with Christ Church, Hoxton
West door of St John's Hoxton
London Borough of Hackney
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Founder(s)||The Haberdashers' Co.|
|Parish||St John the Baptist with
Christ Church, Hoxton
(Bishop of London)
(Suffragan Bishop of Stepney)
(Archdeacon of Hackney)
Completed in 1826, St John's is a Georgian church in the Classical style, and 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, with its original floor plan intact, as well as notable galleries and décor, including a spectacular painted ceiling. This was executed in the early 20th century by the architect Joseph Arthur Reeve.
Built and installed in 1915 by the firm of Thomas Sidwell Jones, the organ is situated in the Choir gallery and retains its original late Georgian wooden case with an elaborate façade displaying the arms of King William IV.
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", the first vicar founded what became London's largest savings bank and St John's National Schools 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.
One of the 18th-century residents of Hoxton Square, the Revd John Newton, composed the popular hymn "Amazing Grace". Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–97), the writer and philosopher, was born in Hoxton. John Mander, an organ builder, lived at Hoxton and one of his sons, Noel Mander, founded Mander Organs.
The present vicar is the Revd Graham Hunter.
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- New England Historic Genealogical Society
- St John's Hoxton official website
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- East of London Family History Society
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