Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Haywood Truefitt
Designation: Architect
Born: Between 1855 and 1856
Bio Notes: George Haywood Truefitt was born in 1855-1856, the elder son of London architect George Truefitt and his first wife, Mary Haywood. He was articled to his father for two years only. The record of this and any subsequent experience he may have had is not clear, but he became his father's assistant in 1879 and was admitted ARIBA on 9 January 1882, his proposers being Sir Horace James, his father and James Brooks. He was a more orthodox but accomplished designer than his father, as could be seen in the well-informed Scots 16th-century detailing of his additions to Aboyne Castle.

Following his father’s retirement to Worthing in 1890, George Haywood Truefitt formed a partnership with Archibald Duncan Watson from about 1894 to at least 1899, but may have practised alone thereafter. He is still described as an architect in the 1911 census but is not listed in the directories for 1914. With Watson he exhibited designs for the London and South Western Bank, Holloway Road at the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1894.

Days after his election as Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, G H Truefitt married Fanny, the youngest daughter of James Warwick of Thorpe Tower, Peterborough on 19 January 1882. The marriage appears to have been childless.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Arundel Cottage, Hudleston Road , Tufnell Park, London, EnglandPrivate1882 (RIBA Proceedings)
Item 2 of 35, Bloomsbury Square, London WC, EnglandBusiness18911899 
Item 3 of 3“Fernbank”, Carleton Road, Tufnell Park, London, EnglandPrivate1896 (Kelly Directory) previously the home of George Truefitt. Now demolished

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 3George TruefittBefore 1877Before 1879Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3George Truefitt1879 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3George Truefitt1891 Partner(?)Listed in London PO Directory as Truefitt and Truefitt

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 1Archibald Duncan Watson18941899PartnerListed in London PO Directories as Truefitt and Watson


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Brooks9 January 1882for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Horace Jones9 January 1882for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George 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 41890sAboyne CastleAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandRemodelling
Item 2 of 41894CraigendinnieGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 41898Glen Tanar Estate, Boathouse and Bridge of EssGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotlandSee Beard p52
Item 4 of 41898(?)Glen Tanar Estate, Tower LodgeGlentanar/Glen Tanar AberdeenshireScotlandArchitect if the lodge was built at the same time as the widening of the bridge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Times21 January 1882  p1 -marriages