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William Hosking (1800-1861)

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William Hosking FSA, architect and civil engineer, of 23 Woburn Sq, London (1843)

1800 Born in Buckfastleigh, Devon, son of John Hosking, a woollen manufacturer.

1809 Went to Australia with his parents and siblings

1819 Returned from Australia with his family

1820 Articled to W. Jenkins, architect of Red Lion Sq, London

1830 Elected Fellow of the Society of Arts

1834 Appointed engineer of the Birmingham, Bristol and Thames Junction Railway which he designed.

1835 Elected fellow of the Institute of British Architects

1836 Married Elizabeth Clowes

1840 Resigned as engineer of the West London Railway. Became professor of the "arts of construction" at Kings College, London.

1841 William Hosking 40, civil engineer, lived in Woburn Sq., Elizabeth Hosking 31, William Hosking 4, Elizabeth Hosking 2, Ann Hosking 1[1]

1841 Published "Preliminary Essay on Bridges", later expanded into "Theory, Practice and Architecture of Brodges", said to be his most important work.

1844 'In pursuance of the .... "Act for regulating the construction and the use of buildings in the metropolis and its neighbourhood," the Right Honourable Sir James Robert Graham, Bart, one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, has appointed William Hosking, Esq. Civil Engineer, Professor of the Arts of Construction, and of the Principles and Practice of Architecture, at King's College, London, and also James White Higgins, Esq. Architect and Surveyor, to be the Official Referees of Metropolitan Buildings, subject to the provisions of the said recited...' signed Arthur Symonds, Registrar of Metropolitan Buildings.[2]

1851 William Hosking 50, architect, lived in Bloomsbury with Elizabeth Hosking 41, Elizth C Hosking 12, Rosalind A Hosking 10, Richard W Hosking 9, Reginald Hosking 7, Edward Hosking 6, Ethelhert Hosking 4, Agnes Hosking 1[3]

1861 William Hosking, 60, late in the Civil Service as Official Referee of Metropolitan Buildings receiving annuity and compensation... (indistinct) ... office. Consultant Architect and Civil Engineer. Professor of Kings College London, department of Construction, lived in Bloomsbury with Elizabeth Hosking 51, Elizabeth C Hosking 22, Rosalind A Hosking 20, Richard W Hosking 19, Edward Hosking 16, Ethelbert Hosking 14, Agnes Hosking 10, Constance Hosking 8[4]

1861 Died at home[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. London Gazette 3 Sept 1844
  3. 1851 census
  4. 1861 census
  5. National probate calendar
  • Biography, DNB