Hooke's name was omitted from the Monument to the Great Fire of London (known generally as just "The Monument"), erected to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666, as Sir Christopher Wren has generally been given credit for the design of this monument. The new inscription acknowledges Hooke’s role in the monument's development.
Hooke's memorial at St. Paul's Cathedral is on the wall in the crypt of the cathedral, next to the tomb of Sir Christopher Wren. The quotation around the edge is from Micrographia, Hooke's amazing book, published in 1665.
The Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell
Designed by sculptor Marcus Vergette and cast at Taylor's Bell Founders in Loughborough from a mould of the same fossil-rich Portland limestone of which the base.
During the aftermath of the Great Fire of London Robert Hooke first deduced that species could go extinct from giant ammonite fossils in Portland stone.
Eddie Smith, former Undermaster and archivist at Westminster School of which Hooke was a member, worked tirelessly on Hooke's behalf to get him a small memorial in Westminster Abbey. The work took years but eventually in 2005 one was unveiled. The inscription reads "Robert Hooke 1703" and is carved from one of the black marble tiles in the floor beneath the Lantern, near the pulpit. This is appropriate as Hooke was responsible for the laying of this floor.
The Boyle-Hooke plaque on the outside of the Shelley Memorial in the High Street, Oxford.
Prior to the creation of the “Robert Hooke Trail” this, and two road signs “Hooke Hill” were the only references to Robert Hooke on the Isle of Wight
The plaque is located outside the Co - Op store at the bottom of Hooke Hill, Freshwater
Robert Hooke - Pictures by Rita Greer
Rita’s Robert Hooke Project
Rita Greer is a historical artist. In the past Rita has been a goldsmith, graphic designer, food scientist and author/writer.
Based on published descriptions of him Rita has produced a series of paintings showing aspects of Robert Hooke’s life.
Since her scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London in the 1960’s, Rita has published two books on art/crafts and lettering, twenty three books on nutrition/health/special cookery for people with special needs and three books as co-author.
From the 1970’s Rita has been lecturing and broadcasting on both radio and television. She has held major mixed exhibitions of jewelry, goldsmithing and enamels in London and Oxford, and solo exhibitions on miniatures.
In addition, Rita invented the Trufree brand and formulas (for diet flour), which she sold to a multinational company.
On retirement in 2003 Rita began the Robert Hooke project, "to put him back into history" - give him images, raise his profile and obtain memorials for him in the City of London (St. Paul's Cathedral and Monument Square) and painted memorials elsewhere e.g. Gresham College, Open University, University of Oxford, Willen Church.
For further information click “Pictures” below
© Kevin Quick
reproduced by kind permission of the photographer
Willen Church, St Mary Magdalene, (near Milton Keynes, just off Junction 14 of M1) was built for Dr Richard Busby, Head Master of Westminster School for over 50 years, who also paid for the church. It is not in original condition; in the 19th century an apse was added to the nave, and the cupola was removed from the tower. Hooke's original intention was for a simple nave and a decorative tower; to some extent this intention has been reversed.
Extracts from Hooke's Diary.
The following link courtesy of Peter Loud
1678 September 26th Dr. Busby about Church. November 22nd. all day about Dr. Busbys module of a church. November 2nd. Dind with Busby sbewd draught. December 10th. Drew ground plat for Dr. Busbys church December 11th. to Dr. Busby, dind with him, gave him. . . another designe. for church.
1679 March 13th. Agreed with Bates For Dr. Busby for 35 sh per Square for framing, raising rales, scaffold for roof. 15 sIl pr Square for bricketting, finding all but boords.-With mason for 10d superficial all without walls. March 25th. Dind with Dr. Busby Dr. Pell Smethwick Horn Bates agreed about Country Church.Dr. Busby gave me 5 G[uineas]. April 14th. Drew mouldings for Dr. Busby. April 15th. With Dr. Busby, good wine bad, lie changed his mind to cover with lead.
There are similar entries throughout the year, and then comes Hooke’s visit to the work.
1680 Monday May 3rd. To George Aldersgate Street 4 in the morn. Coach to Barnet change horses. To St. Albans. At Dunstable dined arid changed horses. At Newport Pagnell by 5, viewd church and steeple. May 4th, To Welling. Measured church. Dind at Mr. Stevensons, Dr, Atterbury, Plucknet, Bates, Horn, Tufnell. Suppd at Swan in Newport Pagnell, Slept well. May 5th. By horse to Dunstable by 7 ½ in morn thence by coach to London at 6 p.m. May 6th. Dind with Dr. Busby, from him 5 Guinnys. July 23rd. At Dr. Busbys, be desired me to agree with a plaisterer and he would stand to the agreement. October 6th. Dind with Dr. Busby, he signd to Glasier,
This is the last entry of any importance. The existing plaister ceiling bears the date 1680. In 1862 an apse was added to the East end, but apart from this addition the building is almost exactlv as Hooke left it. The fittings are principally of late seventeenth century date.
In February 1690 Hooke writes 'He [Dr Busby] left me full power to agree for Almshouses at Wellin', but no trace of these can be found.
Isle of Wight Studio School - Robert Hooke Award
The curved 7 x 5 inches, 10mm bevelled glass award
sits upright on it’s bottom edge.
The first student award will be
presented on December 13th and then annually until 2024.