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Gilbert Blount – A Miscellany

Gilbert Robert Blount (1819-1876), Architect


Gilbert Blount Miniature 2

See also the more recent blogs:

Gilbert Blount trained with Salvin NOT Smirke:

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Gilbert Blount – Victorian Architect

by Philippa Hunter (Great Grand-daughter)

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Gilbert Robert Blount

Gilbert Robert Blount was born at Mapledurham, near Reading, on 2 March 1819, the second child and son of Michael Joseph Blount and his wife Catherine (nee Wright). His parents were half first cousins. Michael was the second son of Joseph Blount and Mary Canning, and Catherine the daughter of Catherine Petre and her first husband Francis Wright. Her second husband was Michael Blount III of Mapledurham and brother to Joseph. These were all recusant Catholic families.

Mary Canning, the daughter of Francis Canning of Foxcote in Warwickshire (born 27 October 1755), married Joseph Blount (born 15 July 1752) in the chapel of Foxcote House, on 19 February 1776. It appears that they rented Britwell House near Watlington, Oxon for a time, as two of their five children were born there. They moved to France in the 1780’s and Joseph died at St Cyr, near Lyons, on 1 January 1793. He is buried there at the foot of the altar. Mary Blount returned to England with her children and she died at Cheltenham on 29 December 1843. Her burial actually took place at St Benet’s, Kemerton and she was the first person to be interred there as the church and cemetery were only blessed on 18 July 1843. Michael Joseph (Gilbert’s father) was born at Britwell House on 30 March 1783 and he married Catherine Mary Wright of Kelverdon, Essex. The Wrights were bankers and the majority of clergy and Catholic laity banked with them. The bank collapsed during the depression of the 1820’s-1850’s. Michael and Catherine were married at the Spanish Embassy in London, one of the few places in London where Catholic marriages could be celebrated at this time. In order to have the marriage legalised, another ceremony had to take place in an ‘Established Church’. This legal formality took place at the old St Mary-le-Bone Church on 26 February 1816.

Gilbert Blount was educated at Downside in Somerset, from September 1834 until December 1836, and he began his professional training as a civil engineer with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, working on the construction of the Thames Tunnel (Rotherhythe to Wapping). He was the Superintendent of Construction in 1841 and, during one of the many floods, narrowly escaped drowning. He then decided that civil engineering was not for him and so, in 1842, he became an apprentice to Mr. Anthony Salvin, an architect, whose office at the time was situated at 32 Somerset Street, London. Gilbert’s aunt, Elizabeth Riddell, was instrumental in obtaining this position as Mr Salvin’s half-sister (Mrs Anne de Lisle), was a friend of hers.i]

Whilst working for Mr Salvin, Gilbert helped produce plans for Trinity College, Cambridge, Shottesbrooke Church, Berkshire and Buckland House and Church near Faringdon, Oxfordshire. By 1847 he was working on house alterations for various well known Catholic families but, by 1850, he had set up his own office in the Adephi, London. He concentrated on designing churches, monastic buildings and liturgical furnishings. His patrons included the Cardinals Wiseman and Manning, the Duke of Norfolk, the Fitzherberts, the Cannings of Hartpury, Gloucestershire, Bishop Ullathorne and the Dominican Sisters. His principal works include Spitalfield Monastery and the Church of St Anne, London;  Our Lady & St Catherine, Bow, London; Our Lady of The Assumption, Swynnnerton in Staffordshire; St Peter’s, Gloucester; St Peter’s, Bromsgrove; St Ambrose’s, Kidderminster; Carisbrook Priory, on the Isle of Wight; Westbury Convent, Bristol and the Catholic schools in Swindon.

Gilbert married Sophia Margaret Brown (born 8 October 1844), daughter of Samuel James Brown and Jacobina Sophia Radcliffe of Lofftuss Hill, Yorkshire, on 11 January 1870 at St Mary’s Chapel, Knaresbrorough. They had four daughters, Emma, Marjorie, Louisa and Gilberta, who was born after her father’s death. They lived at 1 Montague Place, London.

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Sophia Margaret Blount with (left to right) Emma, Louisa and Marjorie (1876)

Gilbert Blount died in 1876. No obituary seems to have appeared and when Charles Barry, the President of the R.I.B.A., gave his annual address in 1877, he had great difficulty in finding any information about him, even though Gilbert had been a member of the Institute for 20 years. However he was described in the address as,

“a disciple of Pugin, he was a capable architect responsible for a small body of interesting but unadventurous works, variable in quality. Whilst he was not in the first flight as a designer, his work often had character – a personal flavour – due to his choice of parts and, at times, the wayward handling of their details…… He was a gentleman of very courteous manners and much respected among friends who deplore his death.”[ii]

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Gilbert Robert Blount

Gilbert Blount died on 13 November 1876, ‘at 9.20pm, very calmly and beautifully.’[iii] His funeral took place on 18 November at St James’ Church in Reading. He was buried in the churchyard, beside the south wall of the church, in the family vault alongside his parents and sister. Since the alterations to this church in 1962, the Blount vault is now under the side aisle and is, unfortunately, not marked, but a plaque is now been placed on the nearest wall. His wife and three unmarried daughters, Marjorie, Louisa and Gilberta are all buried there with him. Emma, his eldest daughter, married William May, a solicitor, and they are both buried at St Edward’s, Sutton Park, Guildford.

[i] Letters to Gilbert Blount from Elizabeth Riddell (author’s collection) and  Jill Allibone, ‘Anthony Salvin – Pioneer of Gothic Revival Architecture’

[ii] Charles Barry, R.I.B.A. address, November 1877

[iii] Gilbert Blount’s diary 1876 – continued by his wife. (author’s collection)

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Notes on Gilbert Blount’s Patrons and Clients by Philippa Hunter

When looking for a builder or an architect, often the prospective client would go on personal recommendation or possibly a family connection, and the Victorians were no different to us today. Catholics were not allowed to enter certain professions until after the mid 19th century and even then work was not plentiful, so architects in particular tended to work for fellow Catholics. Gilbert Blount was no exception, except that he had some wealthy connections. These included Cardinals Wiseman and Manning, the Canning and Wright families, and then the convert and other families associated with the Catholic revival.

There were two main branches of the Wright family starting with John Wright(4th) 1580-1654. He married twice. His first wife was Anne Sulliard, who died in childbirth in 1617, having had 6 children, including John (5th). His descendants were to remain at Kelvedon Hall, Essex for another 400 years. Joane(?) was the second wife of John the Fourth and had 3 children, the youngest being Henry. His son, William was a goldsmith of Great Russell Street, London in 1699. This was a type of banking. This thriving trade continued until about 1760 when his grandson, Anthony Wright widened the range of business to include elementary banking operations (similar to what we have today) and he was described as a banker at  “Ye Golden Cup, Common Garden, London”.  The firm later moved to Henrietta Street. The goldsmith side of the bank fell away leaving Wright & co as a private bank of increasing repute and growing business, until it collapsed on 17th December 1840.

Anthony’s grandson – another Anthony, married Anne Biddulph of Biddulph, Staffordshire and Bruton Park, Sussex, and he was Gilbert’s maternal grandfather. One can only assume that considerable wealth came from the Biddulph estates, which were entailed and safe from the creditors, because Anthony and Anne’s grandchildren were to become some of Gilbert’s best patrons.

The first patron was Edward Blount – the eighth baronet of Mawley, Shropshire, whose mother-in-law was Gilbert’s aunt Frances (nee Wright). He almost certainly paid a considerable sum towards the building of St Ambrose, Kidderminster which was £2,400. A window was erected in 1859 at  St Gregory’s, Cheltenham in memory of Frances and her husband Edward Blount who was M.P. for Steyning. It depicts St Edward the Confessor and St Frances of Rome with etchings of Westminster Abbey and St Peters, Rome. Was it designed by Blount? Why was it erected in Cheltenham? There are two possibilities. First their youngest son Henry Joseph was a Benedictine monk and priest at the time in Cheltenham. Secondly Gilbert Blount’s grandmother – Mary Blount (nee Canning), lived at 3 Somerset Place with her daughter Frances and grand daughter Frances until her death in 1845. Both No 1 and 3 Somerset Place were demolished when the present St Gregory’s Church and Priory were built. May be the window commemorates Mary as well – who knows?

The second patron was Anthony John Wright-Biddulph who lived at Bruton Park, Sussex. He was a bachelor, and asked Blount to design a church. It was built on the edge of the estate at Duncton as a gift to the local community in 1867-1869. It cost £3,000.  Archbishop Manning consecrated and opened it in August 1869, and many feel it should be looked upon as a memorial to Messrs. Wright & Co of Covent Garden. The church is dedicated to Saint Anthony and Saint George; presumably after the benefactors, Anthony Wright-Biddulph and his steward George Morley.

Anthony’s sister, Geraldine, married Godfrey Radcliffe in 1860 – he was later to become Gilbert’s uncle-in-law on his marriage to Margaret Brown in 1870. The Radcliffes lived at Dan-y-Craig, Monmouthshire and Blount designed a small chapel next to the house, that served the surrounding area. Sadly today it is a complete ruin, covered in ivy. The main door/porch is just visible, likewise a side door opening off the narrow road leading to Bont and Upper Green. During the severe winter of 1947, most of the wood was stripped from the building – beams, pews, rails, altar etc, to be used as firewood. The chapel was dedicated to The Immaculate Conception. There is a small cemetery a quarter of a mile down the lane were members of the family and a few locals are buried. In the spring it has a beautiful carpet of primroses, but later in the year bracken takes over and the tombstones are completely hidden.

St Filumena’s Church, Caverswall, Staffordshire could also have been the result of a family connection. Caverswall Castle came into the Radcliffe family in 1860 and Sir Joseph Percival Radcliffe lived at Rudding Park, nr Harrogate, Yorkshire, but spent a great deal of time at Caverswall. He was the brother of Godfrey Radcliffe (see above). The church was built on land between the castle and the main street of the village. Work started and the church was opened in January 1864 by Bishop Ullathorne. Sir Joseph paid the bill for the entire building which came to £1,700.

Robert Canning – Gilbert Blount’s first cousin once removed, lived at Hartpury, near Gloucester, and from 1794-1839 he gave shelter to a community of expatriate Dominican nuns from Brussels. (His great, great aunt – Dorothy Canning, was the prioress at “Spillikins” 1703-06). They ran a small school at Hartpury Court (Spillikins), until 1832. Gilbert stayed with his cousins as a small boy, because when he was asked by the Dominican nuns in 1862 to design Carisbrooke Priory on the Isle of Wight, one of the elderly sisters remembered him from his childhood Hartpury visits. One can only guess it was because of these visits, that he was to become one of the Dominican favoured architects. His work for them was to include St Dominic’s Convent, Stone – the Chapter Room, Guest House and girls’ boarding school. Work at the church of the Immaculate Conception (next door) included the stone sanctuary and nuns’ choir of 1862. At Stoke -on-Trent he designed the northern wing of the convent in 1864.

Further work was also carried out at St Dominic’s Priory and Church at Haverstock Hill in Camden Town, London between 1863 and 1867 and then again in 1874. This was to be a huge project centred around three acres of land. The church was to hold 5,000 people and the cost £50,000. The foundation stone was laid in 1863, but only the foundations were completed and a temporary church was opened in 1867. Work did not re-commence until 1874 and had not progressed very far before Blount died in 1876. The present church was actually designed by Charles Buckler.

St Dominic’s Priory, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, (1865-66), was built of local grey stone and funded by Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Clare. The cost was £12,000. Some of these nuns had been at Hartpury, moved to Athelstone, Warwickshire, then at Hurst Green, Lancashire, and finally at Carisbrooke.

Robert Canning had two daughters – Maria and Frances.  Frances was the major benefactor of a new church at Gloucester and she asked Gilbert to design it. She laid the foundation stone in 1859 – Blount attended having spent the previous night with Frances at Longford – now part of Gloucester. This church was opened March 22nd 1860. While building was in progress, Gilbert often stayed at Hartpury with Maria and her family. He thought nothing of walking the six or so miles into the city to oversee the work. In 1864 he designed schools in the city and work resumed on the church  with extensions to the nave and aisles. The baptistry and tower were also added but the spire was not completed until after Gilbert’s death.

The Riddells in Northumberland, more cousins of Gilbert, had a church built at Felton. Their relatives, the Gerards of Ashton-le-Willows, had various projects that required his architectural skills too.

Gilbert won the competition for a Roman Catholic Cathedral at Westminster but this was not actually executed because of the need for Catholic poor schools. However, both Cardinals Wiseman and Manning gave Blount lots of work, especially in London, including alterations at the Archbishop’s House at Leyton; the House of Mercy Convent and Chapel in Blandford Square; St Elizabeth’s Hospital – the original one, not the one used today; Brentwood church – now the Cathedral with newer additions of 1860; Clapham Convent, Chapel and School; Brooke Green Schools; Hammersmith Convent and Church; Our Lady of the Rosary church, Marylebone – demolished in 1960 due to dry rot; St Catherine of Siena, Bow 1668-70; Lunatic Asylum in Hertfordshire and Cinderford Cottages, Hurst Green, Sussex. Cardinal Wiseman appears to have a farm/property here.’

Other Catholic families also commissioned Gilbert for house alterations and additions. Cottages were built for the Duke of Norfolk in Sussex and there were also numerous minor works for people in London.

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Gilbert Robert Blount

Correspondence regarding Blount’s Work

In the possession of Philippa Hunter (Great Grand-daughter)

(i) The Priory, Little Malvern, Oct. 15. 1912 to Mrs Blount

Dear Madam,

Mr. Wm Berington encourages me to write to you and to ask you, if you can without inconvenience, give me some information, which I have been long seeking for.

I began some years ago to draw up a list of the works executed by Catholic architects during the past century, and was particularly anxious to make your husbands’ list as full as possible, as however, I believe, an aluminus of Downside, my own college.

I have a catalogue of some of the churches, convents, etc which he designed – but, I dare say you could easily give me a fuller one than I could compile.  If so, I shall be very grateful.  Someday soon I hope I may be able to work it into a short article for the Downside Review of which I am editor – and when I come to that, I should dearly like to have a portrait of so distinguished a man.  Perhaps you could give me, or lend me, a photograph of Mr. Gilbert Blount, for reproduction; with a few dates for the contemplated memoir.

 With every apology for thus troubling you,

I am yours very sincerely

 Gilbert Dolan OSB

(ii) From MEADOW GRANGE, Near CANTERBURY, 26th October 1912

(A.E. Purdie was Blount’s assistant and he continued the uncompleted works after Blount’s death. He later became an architect in his own right.)

Dear Madam,

We had at the office Montagu Place, a fairly, full list of most of the work designed and carried out by the late Mr. Gilbert Blount, this list I made out many years ago and fastened with paste on the inside of the cupboard doors of recess (?) where most of the drawings and tracings were kept, so now I am quite at a loss to remember a twentieth part of them.

An interesting work or article might however be written giving a brief account of his useful life, serving his time after leading a collegiate education, with the eminent Engineer Brunel and then following by preference the study of Architecture in which he was most successful, ‘a thing of beauty is a joy for ever;’ and this was his principal aim in life, and is expressed to a marked degree in all his buildings, for the greatest and most minute care was lavished on them.  His architectural studies through Britain, France and Italy etc., were greatly appreciated by a mind so fertile, so persevering, so painstaking and richly rewarded in the number of Churches, Convents, Schools, Mansions, Restorations, Monuments, Altars and other work requiring skilful and educated treatment, with his vast knowledge, he was consulted frequently by Prelates, Priests and Laity and often called on by architects of high standing to arbitrate on complicated matters of dispute and misunderstanding.

Tall of stature handsome in build and appearance, of a gentle and modest nature, few can surpass him, always ready to do a good and help in works of charity, a devout son of Holy Church.  He passed to his reward on … and is buried in the beautiful churchyard at Reading.

Here follows a list of some of his works:

Churches –


St Thomas’s Fulham

St Helen’s Brentwood

Church & Schools Holy Rosary Marylebone

Felton Church.

Garswood Newton-le-Willows

St Mary Magdalene Brighton

St John’s Brighton restoration and additional chancel

Church of the Holy Family, Bedford

Church and additions to Mansion, Swynnerton Park

Church, House and Presbytery Burton Park, Sussex

Church etc at Wednesbury

Lanark Church & Convent

Restoration Chapel at Richmond

Church, Hendon

(Church) at Bosworth Hall

St Mary’s Mortlake

Church at Caverswall

St Dominic’s Priory, Haverstock Hill

Glasgow Friary

Training College, Hammersmith

Convent of Mercy Blandford Square

Convent of Dominican Nuns and Chapel, Isle of Wight

Sisters of Nazareth, Hammersmith

Schools at Spitalfields

School Chapel, Dorking

Do (School Chapel ?) at Wolverton

Convent of Notre Dame, Clapham

Notre Dame, Southwark

Visitation Convent at Westbury

College buildings and additions for the Jesuit Fathers, Beaumont, old Windsor also the expensive deep foundations for the Church of St Ignatius.

and many others too numerous to mention.

Probably you may remember more than I have described, if so kindly append them.

I trust you and your family are keeping in the best of health and hurrying to catch post, with kindest regards,

I remain dear Madam

Yours very sincerely,

A.E. Purdie

(iii) Letter from A.E. Purdie to Mrs. Blount 30th October 1912

Meadow Grange, near Canterbury.

Dear Madam,

I return your list with a few corrections added thereon.

Those shown by X I am uncertain about since they might be additions only.

I dare say you will be able to assist the Revd Father a good deal.

With Kindest Regards

I remain dear Madam

Yours very sincerely

A.E. Purdie

(iv) Some of the works of Mr. Gilbert Robert Blount

Undated List probably by Margaret Blount, widow

Ashton-le-Willows Church and Schools (Sir M. Gerard afterwards Lord Gerard)

Arundel Cottages (for Duke of Norfolk)

Archbishop’s House Westminster (formerly the Guards Institute structural alterations were made to suit the requirements of the late Cardinal Manning)

x Aldworth Church

Blandford Square complete Convent and Chapel

x Barfriston Church

Burton Park Church and house Mr. Bullocks (editor – should be Wilcocks) house

Bromsgrove Church

Brentwood St. Helen’s Church

Bow Church of Our Lady

Brighton Church St. Mary Magdalen

Brighton Church St. John the Baptist an old Church to which was added Chancel and chapels and other extensions – a mural monument to the memory of the late Mrs. Fitzherbert is fixed on the epistle of the nave.

Bosworth Hall Church of Our Lady for St. Francis Turville

Bedford Church of the Holy Family (for the late Canon Warmoll)

Old Beaumont College, Church and additions

Clapham Notre Dame Convent, Schools and Chapel

Carisbrook Priory complete Convent and Chapel

Crewe Church

Castle Rising Church

x Colney Hatch Asylum

x Chelsea Almshouses

x Cinderford Cottages

Caverswall Castle Church and additions for the late Sir Percival Radcliffe Bart

Chalgrove Church

Dan-y-graig Church

Dorking (? not sure of word following – editor) Church, St Josephs, Schools Presbytery

x St. Dormier Church

x Englefield and x Ewell Churches

Felton Park Church

Glasgow Friary (added in pencil – editor)

Goring Church

Garswood and Wrightington schools

Hendon Church

Hammersmith Training College

Hammersmith Church and Convent Good Shepherd

x Highgate Cemetery uncertain as Cemetery etc of this (being (concluding illegible note – editor)

Homer Row London Our Lady of the Rosary Church and schools

Hartbury Church

x Ivor Church

Ingatestone Hall Church and additions

Kidderminster (Church of the Holy Family)

Lanark Church and Convent (added in pencil)

Leydden Church

Mortlake (in pencil)

Manor House Ilford Church and additions to old house

Marylebone Church and Schools (added in pencil – possibly Homer Road above – editor)

Nazareth House Church, Convent and cchools

New Hall Convent Lodge and Porch

Newton le Willows (added in pencil – probably Ashton-le-Willows – editor)

Romford Church

Rudding Park Cottages

Swindon Schools

Spicer St Spitalfields London schools

Spitalfields St. Anne’s Church

Stone part of Church and complete Convent

Stoke Staffordshire Convent and schools

Swynnerton Park Church and additions to house

x Streatley Church

x Shotterbrook Church

Southwark Notre Dame Convent (added in pencil)

Westminster Archbishops House. This was formerly the Guards Institute. Structural alterations were made to suit the requirements

Shrine enclosure for the late Cardinal Wiseman’s tomb removed to Westminster Cathedral.

Numerous tombs, sacred vessels and Altars were designed by Mr. Gilbert Blount

Oscott College extensions and additions

Haverstock Hill St. Dominics Church

Large drawings for metalwork

Fonts etc etc

Benches, vestment chests

and numerous other designs

The names with x against them I am uncertain about, they might be additions only but there are drawings of them among Mr. G. Blount’s

Wednesbury Church (added in pencil)

Westbury Convent (added in pencil)

Wolverton (added in pencil)

Wrightington schools (added in pencil)

(v) The Priory, Little Malvern (postcard, postmarked 26th January 1913, addressed to Mrs. Blount, Woodbridge Park, Guildford, Surrey )

I have not yet completed my paper – So, with yr kind permission will keep the documents a little longer. I have, alas, only one eye to work with, & must use it economically. My article I trust will appear in the Downside Review & of course you shall have a copy.

Yrs. v. faithfully

Gilbert Dolan O.S.B.

(vi) The Priory, Little Malvern 27.10.1913

(To Mrs Blount, Woodbridge Park, Guildford, Surrey)

Dear Mrs Blount,

I cannot tell you how much I am obliged to you for your kind communication – the photograph and Mr Purdie’s letter : & I shall look forward with pleasure for the further information which you promise me.

I am sure you will agree with me that our leading Catholic architects of the revival, especially such a one as your husband, deserve commemoration in some proper quarter.

With renewed thanks I am

Very sincerely yours

Gilbert Dolan O.S.B.

(vii) The Priory, Little Malvern, 12.3.14

Dear Mrs. Blount,

I thank you very much for so kindly giving me the supplementary information, dates etc., regarding your late husband’s career.  In a day or two I shall be sending it off to Father Abbot Butler, who has relieved me from the editorship for this year. As it is the Centenary year of Downside, instead of the three usual numbers, one volume with history, memoirs etc., for the period, will be issued in the summer, it is usual and I do not suppose that you would care for five copies of a work likely to run over 300 pages.  With the ordinary numbers one often had application for reprints (taken before the type was broken up) of special articles; the terms for these reprints varied, of course, with the number of pages; whether there was a portrait or print; whether a special cover was asked for etc. I will look up a specimen of what I mean that you may judge for yourself.  I have had the photograph reproduced and hope funds will run to its appearance in the Review.  There would be, of course, no difficulty of printing it there if you kindly thought fit to guarantee the cost.  If I were not a poor monk without a sixpence of my own I would gladly be at the expense myself, being anxious to preserve the memory and the features of so distinguished an aluminus of my old School, and me who was such an ornament to the Catholic body.  When I hear from the Right Rev. Editor I will write again.

Meantime with best thanks and wishes,

 I am

Yours very sincerely,

 (pro) Gilbert Dolan O.S.B.

(viii) Undated List of Gilbert R. Blounts designs etc.

The pencil additions and the Crosses are possibly by Emma Blount, his daughter (according to Philippa Hunter, Great Grand-daughter)

Clapham, Notre Dame Convent & Schools & Chapel (pencil)

Stoke Staffordshire Convent & Schools

Nazareth House Church (pencil addition) & Convent & schools

Wetbury Convent

Stone (pencil addition) part of Church & Convent complete

Carisbrook Priory (pencil addition) Dominican complete convent & Chapel

Blandford Sq Convent & Church (pencil addition) complete convent & chapel

Goring Church

Swynnerton Park Church (pencil addition) & additions to House

X Englefield

X Bradfield,

X Bassildon

X Ivor

X Barfriston

X Upton Church

Ewell (pencil addition) Chapel

X Hartbury

X Horne churches

X Tilehurst Church

Cheltenham Churcesh  (pencil addition) this was by Hansom

X Aldworth

X Shotterbrook Churches

X Leydden

X Streatley

X Chalgrove

Kidderminster Church of the Holy Trinity

Romford Church

Burton Park Church (pencil addition) Mr. Willock’s House)

Wednesbury Church

Brentwood St Jos  (pencil addition) Helens

Manor House Ilford Church (pencil addition) is an old house & additions to House only

Bow Our Lady Church

Gloucester St Peters Church

Brighton St Mary Magdalen

Brighton New Church (pencil additions) changed from new to old. St John’s Brighton Additions of chancel and chapels

Woodchester Franciscan Convent & Church (incorrect – editor)

Hammersmith Good Shepherd Church & Convent.

Bosworth Church of Our Lady (pencil addition) Hall for Sir Francis Turville KCMG

Bedford Church of the Holy Family (pencil addition) for the late Canon Warmoll

Dorking St Jos. Church  schools & Presbytery

Ingatestone Hall Church of St Erconwald (pencil addition) additions

Stone Convent (pencil addition) complete

Felton Park Church

X St Dormier Church

Dan-y-Craig Church

Spitalfields St Anne’s Church

Hendon Church

Homer Row London “Our Lady of the Rosary Church & Schools”

Castle Rising Church

Wolferton Church & schools

Old Beaumont College & Church (pencil addition) additions

X Coney Hatch Asylum

New Hall Convent Lodge and Porch

Rudding Park Cottages

Schools, Spicer Street (pencil addition) Spitalfields London E

X Swindon Schools

X Chelsea Almshouses

X Cinderford Cottages

X Highgate Cemetery (pencil addition) uncertain as to extent of this being protestant.

Garswood & Wrightington Schools (pencil addition) & additions to house

Arundel cottages (pencil addition) for the Duke of Norfolk

Ashton-le-Willows Church & Schools Sir B Gerard afterwards Lord Gerard

(ix) Undated Pencil Notes:

Ashton Le Willows Church  and school for Sir B Gerard)

Bromsgrove Church

Brentwood Church

Crewe Church

Caverswall Castle

Garswood Church

Felton (actually written Fetern – editor) Church

Hendon Church

Dorking Church and Presbytery Schools

Gloucester Church

Manor House, Little  (could be another similar word – editor) Ilford

Wednesbury Church

Richmond Church

Archbishops House

Two bottom drawers etc (not clear – editor)

St. Dominic’s Haverstock Hill Church

Carisbrook Convent and Church

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Mrs Gilbert Blount 1

L to R. Jacobina Maria Sophie Brown nee Radcliffe (1820-1910), Emma Mary Agnes Theresa May nee Blount (1873-1956), Michael William Blount May (1906-1982) and Sophia Margaret Blount nee Brown (1844-1927)

Mrs Gilbert Blount 2

Sophia Margaret Blount and grandson Michael Blount May

Sophia Margaret Blount

Sophia Margaret Blount

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Alfred Francis Blount, elder brother of Gilbert Robert Blount



One comment on “Gilbert Blount – A Miscellany

  1. Richard Barton
    March 20, 2019


    From Sharon Fitzsimons:

    In doing some research on my parish church in Wolverton, St Francis de Sales, I came across your website –

    In ’The Tablet’ newspaper, an article from Page 6, 6th July 1867 (attached) states:


    SIR,—I am able to announce to your readers the good news of the opening of another Catholic chapel in England, of the establishment of a mission at Wolverton.

    On Trinity Sunday my chapel was opened by his lordship the bishop of the diocese, the Right Rev. Dr. Amherst, who sang the Mass and preached in the morning. The Very Rev. Canon Eccles, D.D., of Weston Underwood, preached each evening of the Triduum, which inaugurated the mission, and explained some of the Catholic doctrines but little understood by: Protestants.

    The building, designed by Mr. Gilbert R. Blount, and intended ultimately as a school, is quite a credit to the architect and our Holy Faith…”

    Records are very scant around this building – St Francis de Sales – but looking at your website, there are some references to School Chapel at Wolverton, and pencil annotations regarding benches etc.

    I’ve enclosed some photographs of the building which may assist, but it would be great to verify if indeed this building was designed by Robert Blount and indeed if there is any further information with regards to the mentions of the School Chapel and benches re Wolverton? Is this something at all you could assist me with or indeed point me in the right direction?

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Many thanks

    Kind regards

    PS The mural shown in the photographs were added to the church in 2000, and I’ve attached an older photograph of the interior of the church building.

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