Peterborough Civic Society

Plaque 2    30 Priestgate
This house was the home of the Hake family from the 16th to the 18th century. Thomas Hake and his son William each represented Peterborough in Parliament during the 16th century and the family included fenland farmers and overseas merchants. There were also members in Virginia, Jamaica and Tangiers in the 17th century. Two of the family died in the Civil War fighting for Charles I and, following the Restoration, William Hake added a sundial on the house which says, in Latin, "Long live Charles I." The last member of the family to own the house died in 1833. His executors divided the property in two and sold both parts in 1847. Only the eastern half survives today.
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