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Walter Hayes (dc 1692)

Biography of Walter Hayes (dc 1692)

Walter Hayes (fl 1618-1692) was a maker of mathematical instruments. He was the son of Peter Hayes, a merchant from Chichester in Sussex.

Hayes was apprenticed to John Allen of the Grocers Company in 1632 and freed on 14th June 1642 remaining a member of its livery. He is known to have sold a mathematical instruements in brass, silver and wood as well as globes. Hayes was initially based in Birchin Lane in Cornhill, London but by 1652 he was 'at the Cross-daggers in Moorfeilds near Bethlehem-gate' in London.

Hayes was admitted to the Clockmakers' company in 1668 and Master of The Clockmakers' company in 1680-1681. He probably died in 1692 but was certainly dead by 1696 when his widow Jane Hayes sold a quantity of instruments to Christ's Hospital.

Hayes is generally considered one of the best instrument makers of the period. One of his many apprentices was Edmund Culpeper who became a highly regarded telescope and instrument maker

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