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Thomas Cubitt - Summary

Date of Birth: 25/02/1788

Date of Death: 20/12/1855

Gender: male

Nationality: English

Notable dates

  • He became a member of the Carpenters' Company 1814

Occupation: Builder


Thomas Cubitt was a carpenter, builder and speculative developer, active, particularly in London and the south-east of England in the early- to mid-19th century.

He was born in Buxton, Norfolk, England on 25 February 1788, the eldest son of Jonathan Cubitt (born 1760, died 1807), a Norfolk carpenter, and his wife, Agnes Scarlett.

Cubitt died of throat cancer at his home, Denbies House, near Dorking in Surrey, England on 20 December 1855. He was was buried in his family tomb at Norwood cemetery, south London, England and was survived by his wife, Mary Anne Warner (died 1880), whom he had married in 1819, and five of their twelve children.

He was the elder brother of architect Lewis Cubitt (born 1799, died 1883) and William Cubitt (born 1791, died 1863) both of whom, in the early-19th century, he worked with in partnership.


Colvin, Howard, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), pp. 282-284.

Hobhouse,  Hermione, ‘Cubitt, Thomas (1788–1855)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Oct 2006) <> [accessed 31 December 2007]

 -Thomas Cubitt : Master Builder (London: Macmillan, 1971)

National Archives, National Register of Archives, Person Details, 'Cubitt, Thomas (1788-1855), Builder, GB/NNAF/P166263' <> [accessed 31 December 2007]

National Portrait Gallery, London, Search the Collections, 'Thomas Cubitt (1788-1855), Builder' <> [accessed 31 December 2007]

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