Author: Ken Brand
pp 40 - illustrated with monochrome and colour photographs, line drawings, maps and plans
A survey of the life and work of TC Hine (1813-1899), the most successful of the local architects who, from the middle of the 19th century, made their mark on an ever expanding and ever more prosperous town.
"It is sometimes said that the first effects of newly acquired wealth are always seen in the buildings of a town. This is undoubtedly true of Nottingham, which underwent a vast expansion in the 19th century. The population rose from 28,801 (1801) to 213,877 (1891), and its size increased from 1,996 to 10,935 acres.
By 1850 industry, particularly the lace industry, was flourishing. Business was good; the world wanted Nottingham lace and Nottingham obliged. New factories, warehouses and later splendid dwellings for the successful industrialists provided local architects with tremendous opportunities to reveal their skill, flair and imagination.
Not surprisingly some were more successful than others, but none was more successful in Nottingham from the middle part of the century than Thomas Chambers Hine. When he died in 1899 his colleagues properly and affectionately knew him as "the father of the Midland Architects"."