Eighth Generation


149. Mary Kilvinton MOWLL was born in 1855. She died on 27 June 1905 at the age of 50 in Regents Park, London, UK.259

Mary Kilvinton MOWLL and Arthur Beresford PITE were married on 20 April 1887 in Parish Church of Whitfield, Dover, Kent, UK.259 Arthur Beresford PITE259, son of Alfred PITE and Hephzibah , was born on 2 September 1861 in Newington, Surrey, England.259,260 He died on 27 November 1934 at the age of 73 in Beckenham, Kent, UK.259,260 From Exhaustion and skin cancer He was buried in West Norwood Cemetry, South London, England.259 In the Mowll family vault Arthur was an Architect.259,260 The following is part of an article written by Jeane Trend-Hill and reproduced with her kind permission:

The Early Years
Arthur Beresford Pite was born on 2nd September 1861 in Newington London. The Pite lineage originated from Woodbridge Suffolk and can be traced back to the late 1600’s. Young Arthur was educated at Kings College School. In 1877 he entered the office of The Builder’s Journal doing mainly literary work; he also attended the Royal Architectural School. In 1878 he became a partner with the notable architect John Belcher. He worked in the Belcher office until he won the RIBA Soane Medallion for his design for the West End Club House in 1882. Following this Arthur travelled to the continent with his brother William (also an architect) and they were joined by Belcher and J W James for part of the trip. Arthur returned to Belcher’s practice and the partnership lasted 12 years.

Mid Life
The Pite family transferred to Ramsgate Kent where Arthur and William shared rooms and an architectural office. On 20th April 1887 Arthur married Mary Kilvington Mowll at the Parish church of Whitfield in Dover and they moved back to Brixton. They had four children, Grace Sarah (1888), Ion Beresford (1891), Molly (who died shortly after birth) and Arthur Goodhart (1896.)

Professor Pite
Arthur continued working on his commissions including the Burlington Arcade Piccadilly, Christ Church Brixton, Kampala Cathedral Uganda, a hospital in Jerusalem, The Institute of Chartered Accountants Moorgate, a library in West Islington to name but a few. He also served as professor of architecture at the Royal College of Art and Cambridge University where he was considered a gifted teacher and speaker. As an active church member he ran a bible school for young students and a weekly bible class for prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

Earlywood
In 1889 he built Earlywood a large family house at Frinton, Essex. Here he enjoyed many happy holidays with his wide circle of friends and relatives. In 1903 he moved to York Gate, Regents Park London and it was there that his beloved wife Mary died in 1905.

30 Euston Square
In 1906 Pite began his commission to build the headquarters of the London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Assurance Company at 30 Euston Square. It was a magnificent building of Portland stone, Grecian in style and spanning seven floors. The building took two years to build and was opened on 22nd January 1908. The main entrance hall was decorated with in yellow and sage green Dolton Parian ware, tiled arches and a curious ceiling of dentils. The mosaic floor features an astrological design. The director’s boardrooms on the first floor were lined in oak with oak strip floors and stunning marble fireplaces as their focal point. The basement housed the records for the Assurance Company; the walls three feet thick in places and further protected by steel “bomb blast” doors. The new office building was also fitted with a passenger lift, electric lighting and oil-fired central heating. Considerably modern for it’s time. Pite’s detail was meticulous; each window arch was lined with white glazed brick, which can only be seen if you lean out of the window backwards. Light, which flooded the lower floors, was provided by five light wells also lined in white glazed brick. Further light was provided to the basement level by skylights. Pite was asked to add further extensions fronting Melton Street almost as soon as the Euston Square building was finished. He continued to enlarge the building for almost 20 years with the addition of the 9 Melton Street tower being his final work there. With the widening of Euston Road in the late 1920’s the finial expansion took place; the architect this time was not Pite but one of his contemporaries Josiah Gunton. The London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Assurance Company had moved out in 1910, the new occupants were the National Amalgamated Approved Society.

The Marylebone Years
At least half of Pite’s smaller commissions were in the Marylebone area off Oxford Street London. He always retained an office in this vicinity even when he lived in Brixton and Beckenham. At 48 Harley Street Pite was asked to make alterations on the property for Gibson Sankey. His trademark style of mosaic tiling, this time in blue glass, still remains today surrounding the entrance. Pite built 82 Mortimer Street circa 1900 for Doctor Dudley Buxton as a family house and consulting rooms. It was constructed of red brick and Portland stone over 4 storey’s with a basement and slated mansard. The sculptures flanking the 2nd floor, seated male and female figures, were not by Pite but produced by Farmer and Brindley. Pite regularly attended the Nash built All Souls Church in Langham Place where he was invited to design the Peace Memorial floor of 1918/19. Its Byzantine mosaic style is reminiscent of his floor in the London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Assurance Company’s entrance hall. The similarities are so great I knew it was his work before I even verified the fact.

Later Life
In 1914 Pite moved his home to Hampstead. Following Mary’s death his sister Annie cared for Arthur and his family. His daughter Grace who suffered ill health spent most of her time at Earlywood with Sadler, the family’s old nanny as she felt the costal air more beneficial. In 1930 Arthur moved to Beckenham Kent in order to live near his brother William and this is where on 27th November 1934 he died from exhaustion and skin cancer. He is buried with his wife Mary in the Mowll family vault at Cowgate cemetery in Dover Kent.

Mary Kilvinton MOWLL and Arthur Beresford PITE had the following children:

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Grace Sarah PITE was born in 1888.259 She died on 26 October 1924 at the age of 36.259

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Ion Beresford PITE.

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Mary Hepzibah "Molly" PITE was born in October 1897. She died on 12 November 1897 at the age of 0.

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Arthur Goodhart PITE.