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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Truefitt
Designation: Architect
Born: 1824
Died: 11 August 1902
Bio Notes: 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 c.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. 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 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 an 1888 respectively. Some of the later work was carried out in collaboration with the landscape gardener T H Mawson.

In 1890 GeorgeTruefitt retired to Shelsey Lodge, Worthing, Sussex where he died on 11 August 1902.

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.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 41, New Bond Street, London, EnglandBusiness18421843 
Item 2 of 45, Burwood Place, London, EnglandBusiness1845  
Item 3 of 45 (or 6), Bloomsbury Square, London, EnglandBusiness18481886 
Item 4 of 4Shelsey Lodge, Worthing, Sussex, EnglandPrivate1892  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Lewis Nockalls Cottinghamc. 1839c. 1844Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Hervey EgintonAfter 1844 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Sancton WoodAfter 1844 Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3George Haywood TruefittBefore 1877Before 1879Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3George Haywood Truefitt1879 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3George Haywood Truefitt1891 Partner(?)Listed in London PO Directory as Truefitt and Truefitt


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1George Haywood Truefitt9 January 1882for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 241869Glen Tanar Estate, Lodge, Stables, etc.Glentanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 2 of 241869Glen Tanar HouseAboyne AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 241869St Lesmo's ChapelGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 4 of 24c. 1869Aboyne CastleAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 241871Borrowstone HouseKincardine OíNeil  AberdeenshireScotlandExtension (1871) and partial rebuilding after fire (1874)
Item 6 of 241874Aboyne Public SchoolAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandoriginal building
Item 7 of 241874Cambus O'May House with stables, kennels and walled gardenGlenmuick AberdeenshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 8 of 24Before 1874Glen Tanar Estate Bush Cottages and KennelsGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotlandKennels
Item 9 of 24Before 1874Glen Tanar Estate, game larderGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 10 of 24Before 1874Glen Tanar Estate, Home FarmGlen Tanar AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations to farmhouse and new dairy
Item 11 of 24Before 1874Glen Tanar Estate, Tower LodgeGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 12 of 24Before 1874Glen Tanar Estate: Gardnerís CottageGlen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 13 of 24c. 1885(?)Glen Tanar Estate Bush Cottages and KennelsGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotlandNos 3-5
Item 14 of 24c. 1885Glen Tanar SchoolGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 15 of 24c. 1885Greystone CottageGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 16 of 241889Aboyne Castle, South LodgeAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 17 of 241889Mains of Aboyne  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 18 of 24Late 1800sAboyne Castle, West LodgeAboyne AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 19 of 24Late 1800s(?)Charleston CottagesGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotlandHS attribution on stylistic grounds
Item 20 of 24Late 1800sGlen Tanar Estate, Little TullochGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 24Late 1800sGlen Tanar Estate, Millfield Farmhouse and steadingGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 22 of 24Late 1800sGlen Tanar Estate, Porphary BridgeGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 23 of 24Late 1800sNetherton, kennelGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 24 of 24c. 1874Fasnadarach HouseBallater AberdeenshireScotlandOriginal building


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1DNB Dictionary of National Biography  Chris Brooks, Oxford University Press, 2004

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder16 August 1902  Obituary
Item 2 of 3Building News22 August 1902  Obituary
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal30 August 1902 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp461 - obituary


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