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William George Hunt

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Andrew Behan.

William George Hunt

Person  Male  Born 6/5/1870  Died 14/6/1940

Categories: Architecture

Architect of the 1901 Shoreditch Town Hall Extension and of Campden Hill Mansions. Architect and surveyor of Bedford Gardens, Kensington in 1900 when he was working on houses in Addison Road.

William George Hunt was born on 6 May 1870 in Kensington. He was the eldest of the nine children of William Henry Hunt (1836-1906) and Frances Elizabeth Hunt née Thurston (1846-1917). The 1871 census shows him as an 11-months-old infant living at 15 Abingdon Terrace, Kensington, with his parents together with a female general domestic servant and a housemaid. His father's occupation was recorded as a rates collector.

In the 1881 census he and two of his younger brothers: Albert Henry Hunt (1872-1957) & Arthur John Hunt (1873-1950), were shown as three of the fifteen boarders at the school run by Richard Morton Taylor at 19/21 Bridge Road West, Battersea, (now called Westbridge Road). His parents and three more of his siblings: Henrietta Frances Hunt (1876-1885), Percy Hunt (b.1877) & Ernest Hunt (b.1879), together with female general domestic servant and nurse were shown at 4 Kensington Court, Kensington.

He was described as a draughtsman in the 1891 census living at Victoria House, High Street, Kensington, with his parents and five siblings: Albert H. Hunt, Arthur J. Hunt, Stanley Henry Hunt (b.1881) Harold Hunt (b.1884) & Beatrice Eliza Hunt (1885-1977), together with a cook and a housemaid.

On 28 July 1894 he married Rosa Weaver (1871-1947) at St Barnabas Church, 23 Addison Road, West Kensington, where the marriage register confirms that he was an architect residing at 7 Kensington Crescent, Kensington, whilst his wife's address was recorded at The Limes, Holland Park Gardens. She was the daughter of William Weaver (1844-1913) who was a surveyor.

On 16 June 1899 he was initiated as a freemason in the Gooch Lodge No.1238 that met at the Town Hall, High Street, Twickenham. He gave his occupation as an architect and his address as 2 Norwood Place, Kensington. The 1900 edition of the Post Office London Directory listed him as an architect at 12 Bedford Gardens, Kensington. However, when the 1901 census was undertaken he was again showing as living at 2 Norwood Place, Kensington, with his wife, their two children: Norman Stuart Hunt (1895-1968) and Jeanne Muriel Hunt (1897-1981), together with a female general domestic servant. He continued to be described as an architect and living next door at 1 Norwood Place was his brother, Albert Henry Hunt, his wife & their son.

Telephone directories from 1903 to April 1916 list him as an architect & surveyor at 17 Vicarage Gate, Kensington. The 1905 edition of the Post Office London Directory listed him as an architect at 17A Vicarage Gate, Kensington but the 1910 edition also carried the post nominal letters F.R.I.B.A. and when he completed the 1911 census it was to show himself as an architect residing in a 10 roomed property at 17 Vicarage Gate, Kensington, with his wife and their daughter together with a female servant.

Telephone directories from October 1916 to 1920 list him as an architect & surveyor at 57a Cromwell Road, SW7 and from 1921 to 1925 at 15 Cromwell Road, SW7. The 1939 edition of Kelly's Directory of Kensington lists him as a F.R.I.B.A. architect at 15 Cromwell Road, Kensington, but the 1939 edition of Kelly's Handbook of Distinguished People lists him at both 15 Cromwell Road, Kensington and also at 29 Brunswick Terrace, Hove, Sussex. The 1939 England and Wales Register shows him as architect residing at 13 First Avenue, Hove, Sussex.

Probate records confirm that his address had been 15 Cromwell Road, Kensington and that he died, aged 70 years, on 14 June 1940 at 13 First Avenue, Hove. He was buried on 18 June 1940 in Grave M.218:6x47:6 at Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, London, SW10 9UG. Administration was granted to his widow and their son, who was recorded as a chartered accountant. His effects totalled £46,364-8s-1d.

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