De Beers

Diamond Merchants

Founded 1888

Inscription reads:
Sir Christopher Hatton was born in 1540 and died in 1591. He was Lord Chancellor of England and according to some, a secret lover of Elizabeth I. She granted him the grounds of Ely Palace on which Hatton House was built. A generous gift which did much to fuel the rumours. Hatton House was demolished in the 1600s to make way for a new small town called Hatton Garden: this became the centre of London’s jewellery trade. By 1850, all of the houses in the area had become a workshop or a diamond merchant’s {sic}. In 1987. 80% of the world’s diamonds passed through Hatton Garden where De Beers has its headquarters.

The Sir Christopher Hatton, 4 Leather Lane, London, EC1



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