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Death of Mr. Lawrence Booth,…


Death of Mr. Lawrence Booth, F.R.I.B.A. It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the death of Mr Lawrence Booth, F.R.I.B.A., which happened at his residence, Crumpsall Green, near Manchester, on Wednes- day, July 25th. His remains were interred at St. Paul's Church, Bury (his native town), on Saturday last, in the presence of his sorrowing relatives and of a large number of friends who attended to pay their last token of respect to the departed. Twenty years ago the deceased gentleman fully appreciated the advantages of Colwyn Bay as a seaside resort, and foresaw an excellent future for it he gave practical evidence of this when the estate belonging to Mr John Pender came into the market, in the year 1875, by joining a small circle of friends in the purchase of the property, and by subsequently forming the Colwyn Bay and Pwllycrochan Estate Company, of which he acted as Secretary and Surveyor for several years. He was also Vice-Chairman of the company at the time of his death. Since his first connexion with Colwyn Bay, he has never ceased to work, conscientiously and unostentatiously for its welfare, and aiding its development by every means in his power. Were these services epitomised as regards sanitary matters, water-supply, preservation of the woods (the crowning glory of Colwyn Bay), and negoti- ations with the Railway Company to benefit the town, the list would be an interesting one, although somewhat out of date with the present generation, many of those who appreciated his services having either "gone before" or having ceased to identity themselves with the interests of the place. The writer of this obituary notice has a vivid recollection of his being out very early o:ie morn- ing, now almost two years ago, when he was in the enjoyment of fairly good health, and, whilst most of the inhabitants were asleep in their beds, he was carefully looking over the Estate, weigh- ing over its possible improvement, and consider- ing how it would be practicable to deal with matters which would prove of inestimable benefit to the whole of the inhabitants. And so he chose to work quietly without tear or favor, having* only one conscientious object in view, namely,-— the ultimate good of the place he loved and the one ,with which he had been so long identified. We 'have in the district abundance evidence of his skill as an architect and surveyor, for amongst his principal work may be mentioned, extensions to the Pwllycrochan Hotel (for County-Councillo1* John Porter), the Hydro, the Municipal Buildings, and numerous private residences, business pre- mises, &c., whilst in the preservation and enhancement of the natural advantages of the District, in the laying out and the planting of the Estate, in the formation of roadways, in the con- struction of the Sea-wall and Promenade, and in other ways, he has left behind him many evidences of his capacity for dealing with works for the permanent advantage of the public. We extract the following notice of the deceased from the Bury Guardian of July 28th:—"The death of Mr Lawrence Booth this week serves to remind us how the ranks of the old Bury families are fast being thinned, or passing absolutely away- Though practising chiefly in Manchester, a matI with the personal characteristics of Lawrence Booth could not live forty years in a town lill-e Bury, which he did, without getting about hl:11 many friends just of that class most actively concerned in the town's welfare, the lown:> progress, and acquainted with all the ins and outs of struggling municipal life. But Mr Booth knew not persons alone, but things. He knew the geography of the district to a T, every aCfe of it, knew its history, its owners, and its owner s history too, and was in many respects a peratl)- bulating encyclopaedia of things local. When a question of water-right was in dispute, Lawrence Booth was the man referred to before proceeding in Court were resorted to, and many a litigatio11 Mr Booth averted in a nominal and friendly way* On sanitary matters, and the sanitary arrange- ments of the town under the old regime, J ame Farrar and Lawrence Booth were an iinpregna ble. fortress against all comers. They knew all, had seen all, perhaps they had directed the construc- tion of all, and their knowledge passed away or was discounted only with the advent of the neWet" system which is based upon parchments more than personal recollection. Mr Booth was perJ haps the liveliest witness ever sent from before a Parliamentary Committee. As a p1"^ fessional witness, be was second only to the la Mr Thomas Statter. Both gentlemen have bee largely concerned in the Parliamentary Bills tha have been granted upon the evidence of promote and objectors, but whether Mr Booth was against, his genial descriptions and fancu calculations brighten the otherwise dull pages 0 the otRcial "minutes of evidence." And so whatever region his judgment was called UPO" for exercise, he had the same happy combinatif n0 of the lively and sedate, the necessary and tile superfluous, the stern ideas of the pro es man and the happy-go-lucky phraseology in Wh\d they were enforced. He was full of epigram, a\:1 and' has scores ot times been known to settle adversary by a sally of words which were at a criticism and a puzzle. Holding the pos'11^ he did, we cannot but feel that in Mr Lawrej1 Booth's death a local link of grace and power h been snapped which we would fain have se remain a while longer, telling us of other of a deeper brotherly fraternity when the to was more than it now is, a huge family arra°, ment. The deceased gentleman was the hea the firm of Booth, Chadwick, & Porter, Architec who established an architectural practice l1i5 Colwyn Bay several years ago He was m 58th year, and it is deeply to be regretted that should be removed from us at this time of 1 without enjoying more fully the fruition ot labours.