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Hawksmoor, Nicholaslocked

(1662?–1736)
  • Kerry Downes

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Hawksmoor, Nicholas (1662?–1736), architect, was born probably early in 1662, the son of Nicholas Hawksmoor, a husbandman, of East Drayton, Nottinghamshire; his mother's name is unknown. The traditional birth date of 1661 rests on Hawksmoor's monumental inscription, which records his death in his seventy-fifth year (baptismal records for the 1660s are defective—according to a collateral descendant, papers and even gravestones were unaccountably but deliberately destroyed). A calculation among notes on the back of, but irrelevant to, a drawing of 1707 (now in the ...

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