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Mr Thomas Chambers Hine

Thomas Chambers Hine was an influential architect in the 19th century, recognized for his significant contributions to the architectural landscape of Britain. Born in Nottingham in 1813, Hine's architectural career began when he was apprenticed to the architect Edward Staveley. Later, he moved to London and worked under the renowned architect Sir Charles Barry, whose style and vision greatly influenced his work.

He was born in Covent Garden into a prosperous middle-class family, the eldest son of Jonathan Hine (1780–1862), a hosiery manufacturer and Melicent Chambers (1778–1845).[2] He was articled to the London architect Matthew Habershon until 1834.

Hine's career took flight when he returned to Nottingham in the 1840s. He became a prominent figure in the city, known for his innovative designs and expertise in various architectural styles, including Gothic Revival and Italianate architecture. His designs ranged from commercial buildings to residential homes, leaving an indelible mark on Nottingham's urban fabric. This business relationship was dissolved in 1849. He worked from 1857[3] with Robert Evans JP until early in 1867 and thereafter with his son George Thomas Hine until his retirement around 1890.

He was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1878, but this appears to have been voided.[4]

He married Mary Betts (1813–1893) in 1837 and together had seven children surviving to adulthood. Their eldest child, Mary Melicent Hine (1838–1928) became a nurse and founded the Nottingham Children's Hospital on Postern Street in Nottingham.

One of his notable works includes the design of the Nottingham Exchange, now known as the Council House, a striking example of the Gothic Revival style that still stands as an iconic landmark in the city. His mastery in blending traditional architectural elements with contemporary functionalities made his buildings both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Hine's influence extended beyond Nottingham. His involvement in various projects across the country showcased his versatility and skill. He contributed to the design and construction of the Birkenhead Docks in Liverpool, displaying his proficiency in industrial architecture.

Throughout his career, Hine remained dedicated to advancing the field of architecture. He was a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and played a role in shaping architectural education and professional standards.

Notable buildings include:

  • Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mapperley Road, Mapperley, Nottingham 1870
  • Simla Villa, 73 Raleigh Street, Nottingham 1870
  • St. Michael's Church, Coningsby, Lincolnshire, restoration 1870
  • St. Giles Church, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1872
  • Claremont, 7 North Road, The Park, Nottingham 1872[7]
  • Vicarage, Beckingham, Nottinghamshire, 1873
  • St. Margaret's Church, Bilsthorpe, restoration and addition of Savile transeptal chapel 1873
  • Vicarage, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, alterations 1874
  • Linden House, Newcastle Circus, The Park, Nottingham 1875[7]
  • 6 Maxtoke Road, The Park, Nottingham 1875[7]
  • Nottingham Castle Museum of Fine Art, 1875-78[8]
  • All Saints Church, Ordsall, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1876
  • 1 Cavendish Crescent South, The Park, Nottingham 1877[7]
  • Mevell House, 7 Newcastle Circus, The Park, Nottingham 1877[7]
  • Shire Hall, High Pavement, Nottingham, extensions and alterations 1876–79
  • Penrhyn House, Tunnel Road, The Park, Nottingham 1879[7]
  • St. Edmund's Church, Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire, alterations 1878–81
  • 18-20 Park Terrace, The Park, Nottingham 1881[7]
  • Cavendish House, Cavendish Road East, The Park, Nottingham 1881[7]
  • Overdale, Cavendish Road East, The Park, Nottingham 1883[7]
  • Elmhurst, Cavendish Road East, The Park, Nottingham 1883[7]
  • Cavendish Court, 25 Cavendish Road East, The Park, Nottingham 1884-85
  • County Junior School, Lovers Lane, Newark-on-Trent 1889


  1. Nottinghamshire History: "Thomas Chambers Hine - Nottingham's Great Architect" by Julie Attard.
  2. RIBA Archives: Records and documents related to Thomas Chambers Hine's membership and contributions to the field of architecture.
  3. Nottingham Civic Society: Documentation and publications highlighting Hine's architectural legacy in Nottingham.
  4. "Nottingham's Architectural Heritage" by Elain Harwood and Nikolaus Pevsner - A book discussing Hine's architectural impact on Nottingham and beyond.

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