Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Stanley Davenport Adshead |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||8 March 1868 |
|Died: ||11 April 1946 |
|Bio Notes: ||Stanley Davenport Adshead was born on 8 March 1868 at Bowdon, Cheshire, the son of an artist and he was educated at a local private school for his secondary education in Buxton where his family had settled. He was then articled to James Medland Taylor in Manchester in 1885, subsequently spending one year with Salomons & Steinthal. In 1890 he moved to London to join the office of George Sherrin where Edwin Alfred Rickards was also an assistant. He remained there for two years, subsequently working for short periods with Guy Dawber, Dunn & Watson, Ernest George and James Howard Ince, where he renewed his acquaintance with Rickards. In or about 1894 Adshead joined William Flockhart, spending one year in his office and three as clerk of works at Rosehaugh where he met his wife who was the village school mistress. |
Adshead commenced independent practice in 1898 and was admitted FRIBA on 5 June 1905, his proposers being Charles Edward Mallows, Alfred William Stevens Cross and Frances William Bedford. In 1910 Adshead took on Stanley Churchill Ramsey as junior partner when he was invited to survey and make proposals for the Duchy of Cornwall Estate in Kennington. Ramsey was to support the work and maintain continuity in London while Adshead was in Liverpool. The report was presented in 1911; the partnership was maintained and subsequently worked on specific commissions. Adshead commenced his career as an educator in 1909 when he became first Associate Professor in Civic Design and in 1912 Lever Professor of Civic Design at Liverpool University. He moved back to London in 1914 as Professor of Town Planning at the University of London.
Adshead's early competition win for a public library at Hawick was unfortunately not realised, the Edinburgh firm of J N Scott & A Lorne Campbell being appointed. He was a brilliant draughtsman and a skilful exponent first of neo-Baroque and subsequently of late 18th century English and French neo-classicism. He was joint editor of the 'Town Planning Review' and author of 'Town Planning and Town Development'.
Adshead's daughter, Mrs Stephen Bone, remarked that one of the outstanding characteristics of her father's career was that he always did all his own perspectives and drawings and drew or superintended his plans himself. He continued to paint landscapes and watercolours to the end of his life.
Adshead died at Lower Ashley Hampshire on 11 April 1946.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Scotland||Business|| || || |
|Bedford Row, London, England||Business||Before 1900||1902|| |
|46, Great Russell Street, London, England||Business||c. 1902|| ||Probably until at least 1942|
Employment and Training
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Buildings and Designs
|This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1894||Rosehaugh House||Inverness (near)|| ||Ross and Cromarty||Scotland||Acted as resident architect for Flockhart|
|1901||Carnegie Free Library||Hawick|| ||Roxburghshire||Scotland||Won competition but commission was awarded to John Nichol Scott|
|1903||Carnegie Free Library||Hawick|| ||Roxburghshire||Scotland||Competition design - not successful|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|British Architectural Library, RIBA||2001||Directory of British Architects 1834-1914|| || || |
|DNB|| ||Dictionary of National Biography|| || || |
|Gray, A Stuart||1985||Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary|| || ||p87|
|Powers, Alan (ed.)||1981||Architects I have known: the architectural career of S D Adshead|| ||Architectural History 24, 1981, pp103-123, plates 38-40|| |
|Reilly, C H||1931||Representative British Architects of the Present Day|| ||London: Batsford Ltd||pp14-26|
|Wright, Myles||1982||Lord Leverhulme's unknown venture|| ||London: Hutchinson Benham, Chapter 4|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIBA Journal||May 1946|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||p309|
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