George Lewis Bruce (17 December 1862 - 25 March 1955) was a barrister and local politician.

Born in Cardiff, he was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1882.

From 1886-1903 he worked at Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel.

From 1891-97 and from 1900-04 he was a Progressive Party member of the London School Board representing the Tower Hamlets Division. From 1897-1900 he was also a member of the Metropolitan Asylums Board.

Following the abolition of the school board in 1904, education in the capital was taken over by the London County Council. Bruce attempted unsuccessfully to to win a seat on the council at Whitechapel. He was, however, a co-opted member of the education committee from 1904-06.

In March 1910 he was elected as a county councillor for Tower Hamlets (Bow and Bromley), but lost his seat in 1913. From 1913-25 he was again a co-opted member of the council's education committee.

In 1909 he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn.

Bruce built himself a house at Loughton, overlooking Epping Forest. This house (Woodbury Knoll) is extant (2017)

He subsequently moved to Glamorgan, South Wales, dying at his home near Cowbridge aged 92. At his own request he had no funeral and left his body to scientific research.[1]


  • "Mr. G. L. Bruce". The Times: p. 11. 29 March 1955. 
  1. "Deaths". The Times: p. 1. 21 April 1955.