Hugh May, architect, was baptised on the 2nd October 1621. By the 1660s May had raised his profile as an influential surveyor of the period and was appointed as Comptroller of the King's Works in 1668. Despite his brief role as Surveyor of the King's Works whilst Sir John Denham was ill in 1666, May was overlooked for the role in favour of his rival, Sir Christopher Wren. In addition to Wren, May was one of the four surveyors appointed to rebuild London following the Great Fire of 1666. May's notable commissions included alterations to Eltham Lodge, London; Cornbury House, Oxforshire; and Moor Park, Hertfordshire.