Devey, George

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Devey, George (1820–86). London-born architect. He promoted the Domestic Revival with the use of vernacular elements in his buildings. His first commission was at Penshurst, Kent, where he designed cottages and various estate buildings from 1850 in a C15 style. His larger buildings, which often look as though they were developed and added to over a long period, include Betteshanger House (1856–82), St Alban's Court, Nonington (1874–8), and Denne Hill (1871–5), all in Kent. A good example of his additive style is Smithills Hall, Bolton, South Lancs. (1874–86), a medieval house which he extended. He influenced his pupil, Voysey, and was an important precursor of the Arts-and-Crafts movement.

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Allibone (1991);
Girouard (1979)