Observer, August 16th, 1902
Mr. George Truefitt FRIBA [Fellow of the
Royal Institute of British Architects]
Truefitt passed away on Monday last at the Old House, after
an illness of six months in his 79th year.
the last ten years he practised as an architect in London,
he was a pupil at the age of 15 of the elder Cottingham.
He was articled for five years, and then had an appointment
at once with the late Sancton
Wood, and afterwards with Eginton of Worcester.
went with his friend, Calvert
Vaux [also apprenticed to Lewis Nockalls Cottingham] on
a walking tour through France and Germany, taking between
400 and 500 sketches.
return, although very young, he competed for the Army
and Navy Club in Pall Mall, a most successful competition
for him as his design brought one of his best friends and
clients in Mr. (afterwards Sir) William Cunliffe-Brooks M.P.
[Member of Parliament, here
for whom he worked till Sir William died.
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
erected 8 rectory houses; 7 schools, 13 banks in London, Manchester,
Altringham, 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
his works he has laid out large sums of money in the forest
of Glen Tana, Aberdeenshire, for Sir William Brooks, in architectural
buildings, and he has done extensive restorations and additions
to Aboyne Castle (also in Aberdeenshire, the residence of
the Marquis of Huntly).
architect to the Tufnell estate for over 25 years. Mr Truefitt
has been a hard worker, he himself having made the whole of
the designs, drawings, working drawings, specifications, and
perspective, coloured or in pen and ink. Competitions have
therefore been easy with his, as they never cost his anything
but his own time, and he reckons that of all the work he has
done, about threefourths of it has been the result of competition
Ð a good hint to young men.
gave up gave up practice about 10 years ago, and has since
been residing at his 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 to the very