Nottingham Famous Graves- Thomas Chambers Hine

by Joe EarpIMAG0179

Thomas Chambers Hine 1814 – 1899 was an architect based in Nottingham.

He was born in Covent Garden into a prosperous middle-class family, the eldest son of a hosiery manufacturer. He was articled to the London architect Matthew Habershorn.  In 1837 he arrived in Nottingham and formed a partnership with the builder William Patterson. This business relationship was dissolved in 1849. He worked then with Robert Evans until early in 1867 and thereafter with his son George Thomas Hine until his retirement around 1890.

Buildings credited to Thomas Chambers Hine:

The Park Estate

St Laurence’s Church, Gonalston rebuilding 1843

Monument to Lord George Bentinck, Market Place, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire 1849

Rectory Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire, 1849

Corn Exchange, Thurland Street, Nottingham 1849–50

1–11 and 25 Regent Street, Nottingham 1851

Gonalston Hall, Nottinghamshire, remodelling 1851–52

South Manor for Sir Thomas Parkyns, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire 1852

Priory Church of St. Peter, Thurgarton, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1852–53

Flintham Hall Nottinghamshire, remodelling and two lodges 1853

St Laurence’s Church, Gonalston, Nottinghamshire, rebuilt 1853

Nottingham General Hospital addition of third storey and chapel 1854–55

Lace Warehouses for Richard Birkin, Broadway, Nottingham 1855

Lace Warehouse for Thomas Adams, Stoney Street, Nottingham 1855

St Giles’ Church, Darlton, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1855

St. George’s Church, Barton in Fabis, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1855

Elton and Orston railway station, Great Northern Railway, Nottinghamshire 1855

Christchurch, Cinderhill, Nottingham 1856

Radcliffe railway station, Great Northern Railway, Nottinghamshire 1857?.

Aslockton railway station, Great Northern Railway, Nottinghamshire 1857.

Bingham railway station, Great Northern Railway, Nottinghamshire 1857.

Nottingham Great Northern railway station, 1857

Corn Warehouse, Great Northern Railway, London Road, Nottingham 1857

All Saints Church, Broxholme, Lincolnshire, 1857

Coppice Hospital, Ransom Road, Mapperley, Nottingham 1857–59

St Michael’s Church, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, rebuilding 1859–60

St Michael the Archangel’s Church, Laxton, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1859–60

School, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, 1859–60

St Oswald’s Church, Dunham-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, and vicarage 1861–62

St. Luke’s Church, Shireoaks, Nottinghamshire 1861–62

All Saints’ Church, Nottingham, 1863–64

Nottingham High School, Arboretum Street, Nottingham, with T. Simpson, 1866–67

St. Peter’s Church, Aisthorpe, Lincolnshire, 1867

St. Matthias Church, St. Matthias Street, Sneinton, Nottingham 1867–69

Old Rectory, Beelsby, Lincolnshire, 1868

St. Stephen’s Church, Bunker’s Hill enlargement 1868

Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mapperley Road, Mapperley, Nottingham 1870

Simla Villa, 73 Raleigh Street, Nottingham 1870

St. Michael’s Church, Coningsby, Lincolnshire, restoration 1870

St. Giles Church, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1872

Vicarage, Beckingham, Nottinghamshire, 1873

St. Margaret’s Church, Bilsthorpe, restoration and addition of Savile transeptal chapel 1873

Vicarage, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, alterations 1874

Nottingham Castle Museum of Fine Art, 1875

All Saints Church, Ordsall, Nottinghamshire, restoration 1876

Shire Hall, High Pavement, Nottingham, extensions and alterations 1876–79

St. Edmund’s Church, Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire, alterations 1878–81

County Junior School, Lovers Lane, Newark-on-Trent 1889.

Thomas Chambers Hine died on the  6th February 1899 at home, on Regent Street, and the other great Nottingham architect Watson Fothergill attended his funeral a few days later.

Thomas Chambers Hine was buried in the Rock Cemetery in Nottingham upon his death. He made a request to his family, that no great grave or tombstone was to mark where he was buried. He even made the request that there was to be no inscription to mark even his name at his grave.

Instead all that marks this great man’s grave is a rusty metal finial about a metre high. The grave is also cut into the Sandstone Rock and is surrounded by it.

In the Summer of 2012 I went on  a history walk around the Rock Cemetery  which was led by the Nottingham Civic Society.

During the walk, the tour leader did state that the Civic Society were looking into producing a blue plaque to actually mark Thomas Chambers Hine’s grave and to highlight the great achievements he made for Nottingham (this was in the Summer of 2012).


About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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