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).