Historical honour for top architect

Nottingham Council House
Nottingham Council House

A FAMOUS Hucknall-born architect who designed Nottingham’s iconic Council House has been honoured in a nationwide historical database.

Thomas Cecil Howitt, who was born in 1889, designed hundreds of buildings across the country in his 40-year career.

As well as the Council House on Market Square, he was also the man behind the former Raleigh headquarters in Radford, the Home Ales building on Mansfield Road, Daybrook and several housing estates considered to be among the best in the country.

Now he is to featured in the ‘Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography’.

The book, which is available online and in libraries, features famous individuals, as well as 400 entries on historical groups.

The entry on Howitt is written by architectural historian Doctor Elain Harwood, who says his influence on Nottingham was vast.

“He is a great Nottingham architect of the 20th century and someone the city should rightly be proud of,” said Dr Harwood.

“One just needs to look around Nottingham and you can see his wonderful designs.”

Howitt died in 1968 in a home he designed in Orston, Nottinghamshire.

His career started designing telephone exchanges and shops for Boots.

After the First World War, he moved into designing homes and helped create new developments to combat a shortage of housing.

Work started on what would become the Council House in 1927. It was opened in a blaze of glory by the Prince of Wales in 1929. Among the other eyecatching buldings he designed are a series of five Odeon cinemas.

OUR PHOTO shows the iconic Council House in Nottingham city centre.