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Gilbert Blout

Gilbert Blount was an English Catholic architect born in 1819 and active from about 1840-70. He received his earliest training as a civil engineer under Isambard Kingdom Brunel (c.1825-28) for whom he worked as a superintendent of the Thames Tunnel works. After a period in the office of Sydney Smirke, Blount was appointed as architect to Cardinal Wiseman, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.

Blount's mature work coincided with the resurgence of Catholic church building in England. The collection held in Special Collections covers his early career, including correspondence with the Brunel family.

Finding aids

There is a description of the collection on Archives Hub.

There is a finding aid for manuscript material.


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