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Harvey Thomas Miles (1837–1905)

Sculptor. The son of William and Susan Miles of Swaffham, Norfolk, he trained as a stone cutter. He married his first wife, Sarah, in Norwich before 1859 and then worked in London for a few years. By 1868, living at Stanley Place in Preston, Lancashire, he carved some details on Preston old town hall (destroyed by fire, 1947) for Sir George Gilbert Scott. His next address, at 1 Holly House, Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, may suggest work at Holker Hall for Paley and Austen between 1871 and 1873. His second marriage, to Mary Ann Longworth, was at Cartmel in 1873. In 1878 he was in partnership with Thomas Affleck, working as an architectural sculptor in Ulverston, Cumbria, renting yards, firstly, in 1887 in Dragley Beck Lane and later in Church Walk. In 1901, he carved W.G. Collingwood’s John Ruskin Memorial in St Andrew’s Churchyard, Coniston. By 1902 he had moved to Mount Pleasant, Greenodd, Cumbria, and carved the Victoria Monument at Queens Park, Sedbergh, designed by William Searle Hicks and Henry Clement Charlewood for Mrs Florence Anne Upton-Cottrell-Dormer of Ingmire Hall. In 1905, by then in his late sixties, he presumably found carving W.G. Collingwood’s intricate Millom Boer War Memorial, outside St George’s Church, Millom, Cumbria, a great strain. He died in Ulverston on 30 July 1905 leaving an estate of £1,241.

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David A. Cross, 2017