William Wentworth Fitzwilliam Hume-Dick

Name
William Wentworth Fitzwilliam Hume-Dick
Birth and death
1805 - 1892
Occupation
Profession details
Politician
Related place
Author
Alistair Grant

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam Hume-Dick (1805 - 1892) politician. Hume-Dick acquired Thames Ditton House or Ditton House in 1868, and made substantial alterations and extensions in 1881. He lived there until his death in 1892. Having inherited a fortune from his mother, Charlotte Dick, who was the daughter of a wealthy Dublin merchant, Hume-Dick also commissioned the architect William White to design 'Humewood Castle' as "an occasional resort in the summer recess or the shooting season" in County Wicklow, Ireland. Built in 1867-1870 it is a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. But the budget for building Humewood Castle was exceeded by over 50%, and the builder sued Hume-Dick and White. In a landmark ruling of architectural case law the case was won by the builder, and White never received another important commission.

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