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From there he joined Harland & Wolff the builders of The Titanic and became an influential shipbuilder rising eventually to become chairman of the company. Pirrie had a home at Whitley Park in Godalming and in the 1900s built the Temple of the Four Winds at the Devil's Punchbowl near Hindhead. A prolific Victorian artist, Allingham specialised in idealised rural watercolours many of which featured local scenes. Canadian born William Pirrie moved with his family to County Down, Northern Ireland where he was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. The son of a carver and gilder, Peak began his career as an articled clerk to an architect in London in 1851.
By 1858 he had established his own practice as an architect and surveyor in Commercial Road Guildford designing everything from churches and chapels, to shops and houses. His works include the laying out of Guildford Castle pleasure grounds, the restoration of the Castle ruins, the designing and construction of the public baths, the laying of the granite setts in the High Street in 1868 and the construction of Onslow Bridge. In the 27 years he was to hold this important and influential post Peak was to instigate and oversee a great many public building works during a period when Guildford was rapidly developing and expanding. Local historians have been left an invaluable reference to local life and developments of the time in his notebooks which are today collectively referred to as Church of England chaplain and composer of hymn tunes, Scholefield spent the last years of his life living in Godalming having retired to Frith Hall in 1895. After his retirement in 1891 Peak was appointed Mayor of Guildford in 1899.