W.H. Ashpitel was the developer of the Lea Bridge Dock.
He was surveyor of Hackney and advisor to Rhodes in the development of De Beauvoir Town.
Ashpitel was a pupil of Daniel Asher Alexander and then of John Rennie the Elder. He assisted in the designs for the London Docks and was concerned in the Kennet and Avon canal, and in the work of tunnelling under the town of Bath, Somerset. He was in partnership with James Savage, and then on his won. Amongst other buildings he designed Sir Charles Talbot's house at Deepdene.
His son, Arthur Ashpitel, was also an architect who designed the School House at Lea Bridge and was a writer on architectural subjects.