Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel

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Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel (1887, Cambridge[1] – 1959, Westminster, London[2]) was an English architect, writer and musician.

Friary Church of St Francis and St Anthony, Crawley (architect: H. S. Goodhart-Rendel)


Harry Stuart Goodhart was born on 29 May 1887 in Cambridge, England. He added the additional name Rendel by royal licence in 1902.[3] He was educated at Eton College,[4] and read music at Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked briefly for Sir Charles Nicholson, and then set up his own architectural practice. He is known for his church projects.[5]

He was Oxford's Slade Professor of Fine Art, from 1933 to 1936.[6] His 1934 lectures on Victorian architecture were considered important, as part of the informed revival of interest in Victoriana, by Nikolaus Pevsner.[7] He served as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 1937 to 1939.

He was awarded the CBE in 1955.

Although he was a good 25 years older than Michael Noble, later Baron Glenkinglas, the two had a friendly feud based on the much nastier Andrew Noble - George Whitwick Rendel feud.


  • 1924: Nicholas Hawksmoor
  • 1932: Vitruvian Nights
  • 1934: Fine Art
  • 1937: Hatchlands, Surrey
  • 1938: Architecture in a Changing World
  • 1947: How Architecture is Made
  • 1953: English Architecture Since the Regency
  • The Goodhart-Rendel Index of 19th century church builders, a card index which he compiled is held in the British Architectural Library, London.[8][9]


St Olaf House, Tooley Street, London
St John the Evangelist's Church, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings (1881; rebuilt in 1951 by H. S. Goodhart-Rendel)


His father was Harry Chester Goodhart (1858–1895), a former international footballer who became Professor of Latin at the University of Edinburgh. His mother was Rose Ellen Rendel, the daughter of Stuart Rendel, 1st Baron Rendel, from whom in 1945 he inherited a substantial estate including Hatchlands Park.[12]


  1. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=harry%20stuart&lastname=goodhart&eventyear=1887&eventyear_offset=2
  2. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-deaths-1837-2007?lastname=goodhart-rendel
  3. ^ "Mr H Goodhart-Rendel - Architect and Critic". The Times (54493). London. 22 June 1959. p. 14. 
  4. ^ Alpine Eagle - Bill Borchert Larson
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  6. ^ Exploring Surrey's Past - Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel
  7. ^ Miles Taylor, Michael Wolff, The Victorians Since 1901: histories, representations and revisions (2004), p. 128.
  8. ^ "Sussex Parish Churches". Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Pevsner, N. (1969) Lancashire; I: the industrial and commercial south. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books; p. 13
  10. ^ Ann Robey (2009). Eton Manor Boys Club: Hackney Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored Ed.Lisa Rigg. The Hackney Society. pp. 96–99. ISBN 978-0-9536734-1-4. 
  11. ^ Jane Roberts (1997). Royal Landscape: The Gardens and Parks of Windsor. Yale University Press. pp. 347–. ISBN 978-0-300-07079-8. 
  12. ^ "East Clandon Conservation Area Study and Character Appraisal". 2 Historical Development. Guildford Borough Council. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 


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