George Heywood Truefitt

Place of Birth

  • Born        16 November 1855
  • Baptism   15 January 1856 Old Church, St Pancras, London
  • Married     19 January 1882 Fanny, the youngest daughter of James Warwick
  • Died        1 June 1924 at 131 Hornsey Lane, Highgate

George Haywood Truefitt was born on 16 November 1855, the elder son of London architect George Truefitt and his first wife, Mary Haywood. He was articled to his father for two years only. The record of this and any subsequent experience he may have had is not clear, but he became his father's assistant in 1879 and was admitted ARIBA on 9 January 1882, his proposers being Sir Horace James, his father and James Brooks. He was a more orthodox but accomplished designer than his father, as could be seen in the well‑informed Scots 16th‑century detailing of his additions to Aboyne Castle.

Following his father’s retirement in 1890, George Haywood Truefitt formed a partnership with Archibald Duncan Watson from about 1894 to at least 1899, but may have practised alone thereafter. He is still described as an architect in the 1911 census but is not listed in the directories for 1914. With Watson he exhibited designs for the London and South Western Bank, Holloway Road at the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1894.

Days after his election as Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, G H Truefitt married Fanny, the youngest daughter of James Warwick of Thorpe Tower, Peterborough on 19 January 1882. The marriage appears to have been childless.

George Haywood Truefitt died on 1 June 1924 at his residence, 131 Hornsey Lane, Highgate, London.

Partnership  - with George Truefitt: Truefitt and Truefitt 5 Bloomsbury Square London WC  (PO Directory 1891)
Partnership - with Archibald Duncan Watson. Listed as Truefitt and Watson in PO Directories for 1895 and 1899

1891        Truefitt and Truefitt 5 Bloomsbury Square London WC  (PO Directory)
1894        Truefitt and Watson 5 Bloomsbury Square London WC  (PO Directory)
1899        Truefitt and Watson 5 Bloomsbury Square London WC (PO Directory)
1924        Warnford Court Throgmorton Street London

1882        Arundel Cottage Hudleston Road Tufnell Park (RIBA Proceedings)
1896        “Fernbank,” Carleton Road Tufnell Park * (Kelly)
1924        131 Hornsey Lane Highgate Middlesex

Reference    British Architectural Library, RIBA 2001 Directory of British Architects 1834 1914
Reference    Graves RA Exhibitors
Reference    Times 21 January 1882 page 1 -marriages



Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Truefit and Truefitt Architectural practice 1890 London
Truefitt and Watson Architectural Practice 1893 1899 London