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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Hatton Garden is a street and area near Holborn in London, England. Its name is derived from the garden of the Bishop of Ely, which was given to Sir Christopher Hatton by Elizabeth I in 1581, during a vacancy of the see.

The area around Hatton Garden has been the centre of London's jewellery trade since medieval times. The old City of London had certain streets, or quarters, dedicated to types of business, and the area around Hatton Garden became a centre for jewellers and jewellery.…

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

John Evelyn's Diary – he and Mary Browne Evelyn live at Sayes Court, Deptford.…


7th June, 1659.
To London, to take leave of my brother, and see the foundations now laying for a long street and buildings in Hatton Garden, designed for a little town, lately an ample garden.


John Evelyn had an older brother, Richard, and a younger one named George. He gives no hint of which one he visited. My guess is George, since Richard seems to love Wotton House near Epsom.

I wonder if the Republicans planned for the jewelers to take over Hatton Gardens? If so, it took a while:

Hatton House [the former Ely Palace] became the site of Hatton Gardens and Ely Place, from Faithorne and Newcourt’s Exact Delineation published 1658. Sir Christopher, Lord Hatton became a founder member of the Royal Society, and one of his other projects was to start the redevelopment of his London house as Hatton Garden.…

After the Great Fire, there "was now a refugee crisis: thousands of homeless Londoners were living in tents on Lincolns Inn Fields, Hatton Gardens and the piazza at Covent Garden: the design for the new metropolis would be governed by urgent and pragmatic compromises."
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Robert Boyle's doctor was Edmund King, not then Sir Edmund and the King's Physician, but a London practitioner of repute, living in Hatton Gardens; a year or two younger than Boyle; a member of the Royal Society; a friend of Willis and Petty, and a great man for dissections and experiments.
This was the Dr. Edmund King who was so interested in the first transfusion experiments on human subjects, and who, "with my best microscope," noticed the appearance of living organisms in "things left in water." ...
It was not until some years later that the same Dr. Edmund King gained celebrity by his prompt action in bleeding Charles II after his apoplectic seizure. He had a lancet in his pocket, and no other doctor was at hand.…

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