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Mr Robert Dennis Chantrell

Robert Dennis Chantrell was an architect and builder active in England the 19th century. He was baptized on 24 January 1793 in Newington, Southwark, England and from 1807 to 1814, was a pupil of John Soane.

By 1818 Chantrell had established himself in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England a year later, he moved to Leeds where much of his work, in the Greek Revival style in public buildings and in the Gothic style in ecclesiastical buildings, centred. In 1829 he was appointed surveyor to York Minster in York, England.

In 1846 Chantrell left Yorkshire and moved back to London. There, in 1849, he began to vet designs for the Incorporated Church Building Society. He remained in London until 1863 when he retired and relocated to Eastbourne, Sussex and then to nearby Rottingdean.

Chantrell died on 4 January 1872 in Norwood, Surrey. He was a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


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