John Noorthouck was an English author, best known as a topographer of London.
Born in London, he was the son of Herman Noorthouck, a bookseller who had a shop, the Cicero"s Head, Great Piazza, Covent Garden, and whose stock was sold off in 1730.
Early in life John Noorthouck was patronised by Owen Ruffhead and William Strahan the printer. He gained his livelihood as an index-maker and corrector of the press He was for almost fifty years a liveryman of the Company of Stationers, and spent most of his life in London, living in 1773 in Barnard"s Inn, Holborn.
In 1784, whilst living in Bernard"s Inn, John Noorthouck describes himself as a Freemason.
In 1814, Noorthouck was living at Oundle, Northamptonshire, where he died about July 1816.