Houblon Family, Counter Box
The Houblons were a most interesting family. Described in the Museum of London Exhibition, "The Quiet Conquest 1685- 1985" as "a remarkable merchant family who were noted for their success, liberality and mutual affection. They traded with France, Portugal, Spain and the Mediterranean. Originally Huguenot refuges from Lille."
Sir John Houblon,(d.1712) the most famous relative, was knighted in 1689, Lord Mayor of London 1695-6 and first Governor of the Bank of Englsnd 1694- 97.
One of his brothers was a noted friend of Samuel Pepys.
The section of the family referred to on this box is the Houblon family of Hallingbury Place, Essex. The three children are Maria, (1771-1860), Laetitia, (1772- 1818)and John, (1773-1831). Their parents who presumably commission this box, Jacob Houblon, (1736-1783), and Susanna Archer, (1753 -1837).
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