George Thornhill (June 12, 1783 – May 19, 1852) was a landowner and Conservative Member of Parliament who first proposed developing the fields around Islington for housing. He was the eldest son of another George Thornhill, of Diddington Hall, Huntingdonshire, which has since been demolished. The family owned vast tracts of land in Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire. In the early 19thCentury George Thornhill junior proposed developing the family’s fields which had been previously used for dairy cattle. Many of the subsequent roads were named after places around the family’s Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire manor. In 1836 Thornhill became High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire and the following year he was elected to Parliament for the Huntingdonshire constituency, holding the seat until his death.
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