Samuel Hurst

Place of Birth

  • Born      1849/50 at Bury
  • Died       2 January 1890, Rochdale

Son of James and Elizabeth Hurst?

About 1876 Samuel Hurst joined James Maxwell and William Charles Tuke in partnership with an office in Southport. This partnership was entirely separate from Maxwell and Tuke’s main practice in Manchester and was an arrangement similar to that established by Edward Potts about the same time. Both were intended to offer promising young architects and potential future partners the opportunity to gain experience. Maxwell Tuke and Hirst dissolved the partnership on 13 June 1885; it had specialised almost exclusively in Nonconformist chapels and schools. Samuel Hurst then commenced independent practice before taking George Edward Bolshaw into partnership, carrying on business as architects and surveyors, at 175, Lord street, Southport under the style or firm of Hurst and Bolshaw. This was dissolved, by mutual consent, as from the 23 July 1889. By this time Samuel Hurst was in financial difficulty, culminating in bankruptcy proceedings and suicide, as recorded in the local papers:

TRAGIC DEATH OF A SOUTHPORT ARCHITECT - Mr Samuel Hurst, architect, a native of Bury, but recently in business at Southport, ended his life in a field at Rochdale on Thursday night. He had been unfortunate in business and a few weeks ago underwent his first examination at the Liverpool Bankruptcy Court. In consequence of his business troubles he had to give up his home, and he, his wife and three children went to his mother-in-law’s residence at Rochdale. The second examination in bankruptcy was to have taken place on Thursday last, but Hurst was absent. That night Mr Ashworth of Rochdale noticed him in Sandy Brow Field, walking strangely. Later Mr Shepherd, the owner of the farm, discovered Hurst lying on the ground in an unconscious state, with a piece of paper upon his clothing. The paper bore the words “Tell all to forgive and forget.” There were lying near him a pencil and a penknife, but no marks of violence upon his body. He was taken to the Rochdale Infirmary, the stomach pump was used, and Dr P Walker was of the opinion that he had taken poison. Hirst never regained consciousness and died shortly afterwards. He was forty years of age. [Manchester Guardian 4 January 1890 page 9]

1876    Maxwell Tuke and Hurst, 10 London Street Southport
1880    Maxwell Tuke and Hurst, 175 Lord Street, Southport (BA Directory 2 July 1880)
1884    Maxwell Tuke and Hurst, 175 Lord Street, Southport
1885    Maxwell Tuke and Hurst, 175 Lord Street, Southport
1889    Hurst and Bolshaw 175 Lord Street Southport
1889    Samuel Hurst, architect and surveyor 175 Lord Street Southport (London Gazette)

1889    Samuel Hurst, architect and surveyor 112 Portland Street Southport

Obituary    Lancashire Evening Post 6 January  1890 Page 3  Column c
Obituary    Manchester Guardian 4 January 1890 page 9
Obituary    Manchester Times 4 January 1890 page

Reference    The London Gazette, June 23, 1885. 2884
Reference    The London Gazette, July 26, 1889. Page 4029




Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Maxwell Tuke and Hurst Architectural practice 1876 1885 Southport
Hurst and Bolshaw Architectural practice 1886 1889 Southport