William Hobson

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Portrait of William Hobson by Henry Raeburn © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Portrait of William Hobson by Henry Raeburn © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

"The occupant of Markfield House was William Hobson who was a very important figure in the London building and property world. He had been prominent in the rebuilding of St Luke’s Hospital and also the construction of the London Docklands. He also helped with the construction of London’s infamous Newgate Gaol."

"The activity with which William Hobson is particularly associated, however, was the building of the Martello Towers along the South and East coasts of Britain for defence against a feared French invasion. Reacting to this very real threat, the British government set about urgently improving defences along what it considered to be the most vulnerable stretches of coastline"

"William Hobson is said to have been upon friendly terms with King George III , who wished him to accept a baronetcy, but he had enough of the Quaker in him to refuse that honour.

"William Hobson died on 23rd May 1840, aged 87 years and was buried at the old parish church of All Saints, Tottenham. There were apparently twelve mourning coaches and seventeen private carriages in the funeral procession from Markfield House in South Tottenham to the Church."