George Truefitt

Place of Birth

  • Born  :  1824 at St George's Hanover Square, London
  • Married (1)23 September 1852 Mary Haywood (1825-1896)
  • Married (2) :  16th December 1896, Constance (1870- ) on 16th December 1896.
  • Died :  11 August 1902 at the Old House, Worthing

George Truefitt was born in 1824 and articled to Lewis Nockalls Cottingham c.1839-44. He was subsequently an assistant with Sancton Wood in London and Hervey Eginton in Worcester before commencing practice on his own account about 1850 as a distinctly eccentric designer. About this time he went with his friend Calvert Vaux on a walking holiday in France and Germany and returned with 400-500 sketches. On his return,  he competed for the Army and Navy Club in Pall Mall. Although he was unsuccessful in the competition, his design came to the attention in Mr (afterwards Sir) William Cunliffe Brooks M.P who was to become one of his best friends and clients.

He published 'Designs for Country Churches' in 1850 and was admitted FRIBA in 1860. The prosperity of his practice was largely dependent on his surveyorship of the Tufnell Park estate in London, an appointment which he held for over 25 years, and on the patronage of the banker Sir William Cunliffe Brooks in Manchester and on the Glentaner and Aboyne estates in Scotland which he bought in 1869 and 1888 respectively. At Glen Tana, William Brooks, indulged in a programme of almost continuous re-building on his estate. Some of the later work was carried out in collaboration with the landscape gardener T H Mawson. Truefitt also carried out extensive restorations and additions to Aboyne Castle, the adjacent estate in Aberdeenshire, and the residence of the Sir William’s son-in-law the Marquis of Huntly.

One obituary noted “Mr. Truefitt has erected buildings in 25 different counties. He has put up 16 churches and chapels, including: St. George's Tufnell Park; St. George's Worthing, St. John's Bromley, Kent; Davyhulme Church Cheshire; Blakemere, Herefordshire; etc.; and restored 10 churches. He has erected 8 rectory houses; 7 schools, 13 banks in London, Manchester, Altrincham, Blackburn, etc.; 7 large halls and church rooms; 170 houses and mansions, including a large house at Antibes, in the South of France, 20 various buildings; 44 cottages and lodges.” He enjoyed architectural  competitions, as they never cost him anything but his own time, and he reckoned that of all the work he has done, about three-fourths of it has been the result of competition, although this was probably an over-estimate

Truefitt was twice married, firstly on 23 September 1852 to Mary, the eldest daughter of Charles Haywood, of Broughton Fields, Worcester, by whom he had two sons George Haywood and Lewis Haywood and one daughter Mary Louisa. Following her death on 16 September 1896 he married secondly Constance (1870 - ) on 16th December 1896 by whom he had one daughter, Connie Georgie Truefitt. DSA

George Truefitt gave up practice about 1892 years ago, retiring to as picturesque home at Worthing, filled with curiosities which he began to collect when he was first a pupil. His favourite amusement was sketching both in pen and ink and water colour, and this he continued almost to the last. However, he could be a man of rigid principles. Although he was well to do, quite famous, he refused to buy a carriage as he felt that he did not have the social position to justify one. The opinion of his young wife who, no doubt' would have enjoyed some personal transport that they could easily have afforded is not recorded.

His daughter by this second marriage, Connie Georgie, described him as a very short man, full of energy, who was known for hurrying along in built up shoes to give extra height. She noted particularly his "intense eyes with large pupils", and the fact that he never needed to wear glasses for reading or drawing.

George Truefitt died on Monday 11 August 1902 at the Old House, Worthing after an illness of six months.

1881    George Truefitt FRIBA 5 Bloomsbury Square London

1855     7 Hampshire Terrace, Camden Road Villas
1881    George Heywood Truefitt  Arundel Cottage Hudleston Road Tufnell Park
1863    Worthing (Cottage)

1891    Shelsey Lodge, Worthing
1902    The Old House, Worthing

Building News v83, 22 Aug 1902, p252
Builder v83, 16 Aug 1902, p153;
RIBA Journal v9, 1902, p461 

Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Font and Font Cover Manchester Cathedral   Manchester  GMCA  England
Savings Bank of Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire   Newbury  Berkshi  England
Memorial to Sir Robert Peel, Market Place Bury (Competition)   Bury  GMCA  England
Direction Sign and Lamp. Oxford Road, All Saints, Manchester All Saints  Manchester  GMCA  England
Church of St Thomas Newport Isle of Wight   Newport  Isle of Wight  England
Churchyard Railings etc. All Saints Worcester   Worcester  Worcestershire  England
Lych Gate Horsham Cemetery   Horsham  Sussex  England
Public Rooms Kidderminster   Kidderminster  Worcestershire  England
Internal Alterations: Brooks' Bank King Street, Manchester Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Formal Gardens, Lanhydrock, near Bodmin, Cornwall Lanhyrock  Bodmin  Cornwall  England
Cemetery Chapels and Lodge, Bridgnorth   Bridgenorth  Shropshire  England
Shop Front Worcester   Worcester  Worcestershire  England
Additions to Barlow Hall Manchester Chorlton-cum-Hardy  Manchester  GMCA  England
Rectory Thorne Coffin near Yeovil, Somerset   Yeovil  Somerset  England
Extension to “Old Bank,” Blackburn   Blackburn  Lancashire  England
(St George’s) Temporary Wooden Church, Upper Holloway Tuffnell Park  London  Greater London  England
Bryn Coch Schools, Glamorgan   Bryn Coch  Glamorgan  England
Church of St Andrew, Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire. Restoration   Shelsley Walsh  Worcestershire  England
The Old Rectory, Moccas, Herefordshire   Moccas  Herefordshire  England
School Preston on Wye   Preston-on-Wye  Herefordshire  England
Manchester Assize Courts (Architectural Competition)   Manchester  GMCA  England
Church of St Clement Worcester   Worcester  Worcestershire  England
The Catholic Apostolic Church, Duncan-street, Islington,” Islington  London  Greater London  England
Worcester Lodge Middleton Road and Camden Road Holloway  London  Greater London  England
Villa Camden Road   London  Greater London  England
Villa Middleton Road Tuffnell Park  London  Greater London  England
Shop at the corner of Burlington Gardens and Bond Street   London  Greater London  England
Burleigh House, Camden Road, Holloway, London   London  Greater London  England
House at Barnet for B Franklin Smith Esq   London  Greater London  England
Three Cottages, Toppesfield, Essex   Toppersfield  Essex  England
Restoration: Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy Chorlton-cum-Hardy  Manchester  GMCA  England
The Catholic Apostolic Church, Gwyn Street, Bedford.   Bedford  Bedfordshire  England
Suburban Housing   London  Greater London  England
St Mary Magdalene Church, Lyminster, Sussex: Restoration   Lyminster  Sussex  England
Cottage Worthing   Worthing  Sussex  England
New Rectory Little Barford, near St Neot’s, Bedfordshire Little Barford  St Neot's  Bedfordshire  England
Houses at Sydenham Sydenham  London  Greater London  England
Villa for Mr Edwards Tufnall Park Estate  London  Greater London  England
Church of St George (now St George's Theatre) Tufnell Park Road Tufnell Park  London boroughs of Islington and Camden  GLC  England
House for J Robinson, Tufnell Park, Holloway Holloway  London  Greater London  England
Pair of Houses, Tufnell Park, Holloway Holloway  London  Greater London  England
Proposed Public Hall Tufnell Park Estate, Holloway Road (sketch proposals) Holloway  London  Greater London  England
St. George's Church, St George’s Road, Worthing   Worthing  Sussex  England
House at Sydenham Hill, Sydenham Sydenham Hill  London  Greater London  England
Brooks's Bank (Lombard Chambers) 46-48 Brown Street, Manchester   Manchester  GMCA  England
“Old Bank,” Church Street and Darwen Street Blackburn, (later Lloyds Bank)   Blackburn  Lancashire  England
Brooks’s Bank, Old Market Place Altrincham Cheshire (later Lloyds Bank)   Altrincham  GMCA  England
Glen Tana, Deeside, Aberdeenshire   Deeside  Aberdeenshire  Scotland
Glen Tana Ballroom and Bowling Alley Glentanar  Deeside  Aberdeenshire  Scotland
Glen Tana Dog Kennels Glen Tana   Deeside  Aberdeenshire  Scotland
Church of St. Leonard, Blakemere, Herefordshire   Blakemere  Herefordshire  England
Cemetery Buildings Bromley, near Chislehurst   Bromley  Kent  England
Lyminster County Primary School (Flora McDonald County Junior School)   Lyminster  Sussex  England
St. John the Evangelist, Bromley Kent   Bromley  Kent  England
2, 2A, 4 and 4A Old Market Place, Altrincham   Altrincham  GMCA  England
1, 1A and 3 Market Street Altrincham   Altrincham  GMCA  England
Drinking Fountain Ashton-on-Mersey   Ashton-on-Mersey  GMCA  England
St Mary's Church, Manchester Road, Partington Partington  Trafford  GMCA  England
Proposed Mansion facing Rotten Row   London  Greater London  England
Tower and lych-gate St Martin's Church, Ashton-on-Mersey   Ashton-on-Mersey  GMCA  England
Brooks Institute, Carrington Lane, Ashton-on-Mersey   Ashton-on-Mersey  GMCA  England
St Mary the Virgin, Davyhulme Lane, Davyhulme, Manchester Davyhulme  Trafford  GMCA  England
Alterations and Studio Brooklawn ( or Brooklawns Lyminster Road Lyminster?)   Lyminster  Sussex  England
Branch Bank, Market Street and Market Place, Darwen Circus  Darwen  Lancashire  England
Glen Tana Schools   Deeside  Aberdeenshire  Scotland


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Truefit and Truefitt Architectural practice 1890 London