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Habershon, Matthew (1789–1852). English architect. He published a pioneering study of C16 and C17 buildings, The Ancient Half-Timbered Houses of England (1836), in which year he gave A. W. N. Pugin's Contrasts a hostile reception. In 1842 he went to Jerusalem to superintend the erection of the Anglican Cathedral, designed by James Wood Johns (c.1810–63), and himself designed St Peter's Church, Belper, Derbys. (1824), the County Courts, Derby (1828–9), the Town Hall and Market, Derby (1828–30—partially destroyed), model cottages at Brampton, Hunts. (c.1837), and Burbage Church, Leics. (1842). Among his pupils were Ewan Christian and his son, William Gilbee Habershon (1818/19–91), who was in partnership with Alfred Robert Pite (1832–1911) from 1863 to 1878.