Rowland Plumbe

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Rowland Plumbe
Roland Plumbe
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Born2 February 1838
Died2 April 1919(1919-04-02) (aged 81)
Cause of death2
St John the Baptist's Church, Loxwood, West Sussex

Rowland Plumbe, also known as Roland Plumbe (2 February 1838, Whitechapel – 2 April 1919, Willesden), was an English architect, famous for being the author of many residential schemes across London, many being considered the first examples of the Victorian Garden City. Examples of these schemes are Queen's Park Estate and Noel Park.

Plumbe also redesigned Woodlands Park House, now Woodlands Park Hotel, in Cobham for industrialist William Bryant; and designed the entertainment hall (completed 1879) at the Normansfield home for people with a learning disability in Teddington, built at the instigation of John Langdon Down.[1]

After leaving university college he was articled to Nockalls Johnson Cottingham and Frederick Peek, then spent 2 years in America with Frederick Clarke Withers. Plumbe returned to London in 1860 to start his own practice.

His churches include the red-brick Perpendicular Gothic Revival St John the Baptist's Church at Loxwood, West Sussex and red brick Grade II listed St Margaret, Streatham Hill.[2][3][4]

His students include Charles Worley, who was articled to him in 1870.[5]


  1. ^ Earl, John (1997). Borough of Twickenham Local History Society Occasional Paper No.6: Dr Langdon Down's Normansfield Theatre. London: Borough of Twickenham Local History Society, p.17. ISBN 978-0-903341-83-7
  2. ^ Elleray, D. Robert (2004). Sussex Places of Worship. Worthing: Optimus Books. p. 40. ISBN 0-9533132-7-1.
  3. ^ "Streatham Hill: St Margaret - The Diocese of Southwark". Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  4. ^ Buildings of England: London South. p. 391. ISBN 0300096518.
  5. ^ "Pretty in Pink". Marylebone Journal. Retrieved 23 April 2014.