Thomas Hussey

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Thomas Hussey was born in 1834 in Kensington, London to William Hussey and Ellen Foley, both of whom were born in Ireland. He married Agnes Devine in 1957 and they raised a large family in Kensington.

Thomas worked as a builder and eventually established a very successful building company. He played a significant role in the development of several streets in southern Kensington in the latter half of the 19th century. His most prestigious project was the construction of Albert Hall Mansions in Kensington, beside the famous hall, which was the first large, privately-owned block of apartments built in London. The Mansions, designed by the celebrated architect Richard Norman Shaw, were built between 1879 and 1886.

Thomas also had a thriving brickmaking business, set up in 1876 in the Stamford Brook area of London, and he used the bricks in the construction of his houses. In 1890, however, Thomas's fortunes took a downward turn following complaints by residents living close to the brickfield about the smells from the brick-burning and the refuse. A High Court action was taken against Thomas by the Chiswick Local Board and in June 1890 he lost the case. Thomas was forced to shut down the brickmaking operation and pay court costs.

Thomas’s building business was now ruined but he did manage to hold on to several properties, including the leasehold of Holland Place Chambers, Warwick Chambers, and 3 and 4 Dukes Lane, Kensington, and the freehold of Westcroft Square, Hammersmith and Stamford Brook Avenue, Chiswick, including a house named The Brook  which in 1901 was rented out to the artist and wood-engraver Lucien Pissarro, son of the French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.

Thomas died in Kensington in 1919 at the age of 85.

 

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