John Young, 1797-1877

Obituary from "The Builder", a Victorian building-trade magazine, 31 March 1877:

"The Late Mr John Young, Architect.

"We hear with regret of the death of Mr. John Young, which took place on the [23rd] at his residence, St. Mary’s Lodge, Stoke Newington, in the eightieth year of his age. Although he was not a member of the Institute of British Architects, he was well known as an architect of ability and extensive practice. He was a District Surveyor of the Eastern Division of the City of London for a period of twenty five years, having been appointed to it by the Court of Aldermen prior to the formation of the Metropolitan Board of Works.

"Coming to London in his twenty third year, Mr. Young was first engaged as assistant to Mr. Parden, the architect to the Marquis of Westminster; then he assisted Mr. Decimus Burton, and prepared the drawings, under his direction, for the Coliseum in the Regents Park, and personally superintended the construction of the framing of the dome. Afterwards he was engaged by the late Mr. Thomas Cubitt for the houses on the Eaton Square and Pimlico Estates; and then was in practice in Clarges St., Piccadilly, for a few years.

"At the time of his marriage, he became the principal assistant to Mr. William Montague, the architect (or as the title then ran) the clerk of the city’s works, at the Guildhall, London, where he remained until Mr Montague’s decease. He was appointed by the Corporation of London as Iocum tenens during the vacancy, and being a candidate for the appointment, was unsuccessful in a court of over two hundred members by nineteen votes only, the choice falling on the late Mr J. B. Bunning.

"From that time he practised at 35 King St. Cheapside, and was held in esteem by his professional bretheren for his loyalty, good judgement, and sound sense. Among his works may be mentioned the Religious Tracts Society’s premises, Paternoster Row (drawing); the Ebbw Vale company’s offices, Dowgate; the Cancer Hospital in the Brompton Road (drawing); Broad St. ward school; Cripplegate school; Tower Hill (Roman Catholic) schools; Hackney Roman catholic schools; the former Guildhall Library; residences at Roehampton; mansions for several country estates, the latest being that of Sir James Duke, bart., Laughton Park, Sussex (photos); restoration of churches in Suffolk, his native county; and many buildings in the City of London.

"As a surveyor he was well known in compensation cases of an earlier period than the present; having had, during the formation of Cannon Street, as many as three hundred and twenty cases for settlement at one time."

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