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William Woodward (19 June 1846-17 November 1927) was an architect and local politician.

Woodward began his architectural training when he was articled to Arthur Cates in 1863, remaining as his assistant when he opened his own practice in 1891. He also worked for the Crown Estate as surveyor to the paving commissioners. In that capacity he was responsible for the construction of a number of public buildings including parts of Regent Street.

He became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1879 and a fellow in 1905.

Among the work of his practice, which became William Woodward & Sons when his sons Charles and Frank joined, was the Piccadilly Hotel. He also actively promoted plans for the redesigning of central London, including the moving of Marble Arch and the remodelling of Trafalgar Square with terraced gardens.

A resident of Hampstead, where he designed his own house, he was Mayor of Hampstead in 1910-11.

He died at his Hampstead home in 1927, aged 81.

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