(16 April 1803 9 March 1876)
was a British architect best known for
Fishmongers' Hall in London and for his work on model dwellings for
The houses 14 to 20, The Green, Lyndon were
built in the 1860's and designed by Henry Roberts.
With thanks to Wikipedia
for the following information.
Henry Roberts was born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania in 1803. His family returned to England shortly thereafter. In
1817, Roberts began an apprenticeship with Charles Fowler, where he stayed
until 1825. He then entered the Royal Academy Schools and worked for Robert
Smirke, took part in competitions, and traveled in Italy before returning to
London to set up his architectural practice there in 1830. In 1832, Roberts
won the competition for the Fishmongers' Hall at London Bridge, which was to be
his most well-known large-scale work. George Gilbert Scott was his pupil during
this period. He also designed a number of country houses, including Escot
House, Devon (1838) and Norton Manor, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset (1843). He
also designed the Camberwell Collegiate School (1843). In 1844, Roberts was
appointed architect to the joint companies building the Brighton, Croydon,
Dover and Greenwich Railway. The same year, he became Honorary Architect to the
Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes. For that Society,
and later for the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the
Industrious Classes, Roberts designed a number of buildings that represented
innovations in workers' housing, including the houses in Lower Road,
Pentonville, London (1844) and the famous model dwellings in Streatham Street,
Bloomsbury (18491851). Another estate of model dwellings built by Roberts
in 1852 survives today in Windsor, Berkshire. Roberts was very influential on
subsequent efforts in the area of workers' housing throughout Europe and the
United States, both through his built work and his writings. Roberts spent his
later life in Italy and died in Florence in 1876
The Dwellings of the Labouring
The Improvement of the Dwellings of
the Labouring Classes through the Operation of Government Measures, 1859.
The Essentials of a Healthy Dwelling
and the Extension of its Benefits to the Labouring Population, 1862.
The Physical Condition of the
Labouring Classes, Resulting from the State of their Dwellings, 1866.
Efforts on the Continent for
Improving the Dwellings of the Labouring Classes, 1874.