John Hungerford Pollen

John Hungerford Pollen, decorative artist and Roman Catholic convert, was born at 6 New Burlington Street, London on the 19th November 1820. In 1845 Pollen was ordained in Oxford and he later joined St Saviour's Church, Leeds, a Puseyite foundation, as well as gaining a fellowship at Merton College, Oxford, where he served at different times as dean, bursar, and garden master. Whilst undertaking a number of private commisions including the carving for the facade of the new University Museum of Natural History in Oxford (1858) he also provided architectural details for a small number of buildings at Reigate Priory, Surrey. Pollen died at 11 Pembridge Crescent, London, on the 2nd December 1902.

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