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Henry Arthur Hunt (1836-1904)

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Henry Arthur Hunt (1836-1904)

1905 Obituary [1]

HENRY ARTHUR HUNT, who died at Penzance on the 26th September, 1904, aged 68, was the son of the late Sir Henry Arthur Hunt, C.B., for many years consulting surveyor to H.M. Office of Works.

Born in 1836, he was educated at Westminster School, which he left at an early age to qualify himself for the profession followed by his father. After obtaining practical experience in Thomas Cubitt’s workshops, and in the offices of Philip Hardwick, the architect, he entered his father's office, where he completed his training.

In 1860 he entered into partnership with H. T. Steward, practising as surveyors and valuers, which business was carried on at Westminster up to the date of his death.

Mr. Hunt was well known in the profession, and held several important appointments. For many years he acted as surveyor to Lord Cadogan, to the Trustees of the Paddington Estate, the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, and the Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851.

Apart from professional interests, Mr. Hunt actively identified himself with educational and charitable institutions in Westminster.

He was deputy-chairman of the United Westminster Schools, a governor of the Grey Coat School and of Emanuel School, besides being a trustee of several well-known Westminster charities. He also served the office of rector’s churchwarden at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, for over 20 years. For his services to Freemasonry in connection with the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls, he was in 1891 raised by the King, then Grand Master, to the rank of Past Grand Superintendent of Works. Mr. Hunt was a Fellow of the Surveyors’ Institution.

He was elected an Associate of this Institution on the 14th January, 1862.

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