Sir Samuel Morton Peto
Person Male Born 4/8/1809 Died 13/11/1889
Born Woking. Started life as an apprentice brick-layer. MP and extremely wealthy construction entrepreneur. Often called Morton Peto. Father of Harold.
In 1853 Peto bought the Regent's Park Diorama (opposite the Jerwood Medical Centre), which was failing financially, and converted it to a Baptist chapel, adding the buttressing. It remained a chapel until 1921. At some point the street it is in, originally Albany Place, was renamed Peto Place. We doubt much of interest remains inside but the building is a rare survival.