Higgs, William

Building contractor, born on 8 April 1824 at Lambeth into a WM family. He was apprenticed to his uncle, Joshua Higgs, and became a successful and highly regarded builder. His work included the new Law Courts in the Strand and St. Thomas's Hospital.

While living in Marylebone, he attended a Congrergationalist chapel, then reverted to Wesleyanism after moving back to Lambeth c.1852. He was deeply influenced by C.H. Spurgeon, was baptized and thereafter attended his preaching. He built the Metropolitan Tabernacle, opened in 1861, for him. He died at his home in Brixton Hill on 3 January 1883.

  • W.M. Higgs, A History of the Higges, or Higgs Family (1933)
  • Oxford DNB


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