Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Robert Walker Aitken |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1840 or 1841 |
|Died: ||1909 |
|Bio Notes: ||Robert Walker Aitken, the brother of George Shaw Aitken (qv), was born in Oxton, London in 1840 or 1841, the son of Robert Shaw Aitken, silversmith, and Margaret Walker. Following the death of his father, he was articled to John Dick Peddie and Charles George Hood Kinnear of Edinburgh about 1856. He is believed to have moved to Manchester in early 1860 and was certainly in attendance at the inaugural meeting of the Manchester Architectural Association, held on 17th December 1860, reported at length in the Builder. Both Robert Walker Aitken and George Shaw Aitken were founder members, of the Association, the latter becoming its first President. |
The 1861 Census shows Robert W Aitken residing at 7 Marlborough Terrace, in the Chorlton-on-Medlock district of Manchester, together with his mother, Margaret Aitken, his brother George Shaw Aitken and an unmarried aunt, Ellen Walker. However, by 1864 the brothers were recorded as living at Hassendean Cottage, Monton, near Eccles, but only Robert W Aitken was listed as an architect in the Trades Directory for that year (G S Aitken presumably still employed as an assistant). Their decision to move to this rural location some six miles from Manchester has yet to be explained.
In 1866 the brothers jointly designed an Independent Chapel and Schools in Altrincham but the following year Robert Aitken joined W R Corson in partnership in Manchester, G S Aitken subsequently returning to Scotland. The Corson /Aitken partnership seems to have been dissolved about 1879 or 1880. From about 1881 Aitken worked on his own but appears to have retired or worked outwith Manchester thereafter as he is not listed as having office premises there after 1883.
In 1867 Robert Aitken married Mary Cussons at Manchester Cathedral In the Census of 1881 they were living at Hayfield in Derbyshire. In 1875 Aitken was elected a councillor of St John's Ward, Salford. Aitken and his wife had four sons and one daughter all at that time under the age of 10. By 1901 he and his wife were living at Eccles in Lancashire.
He died in 1909.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|7, Marlborough Terrace, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, England||Private||1860||1861||With his mother aunt and brother - G S Aitken|
|Hassenden Cottage, Monton near Eccles, Lancashire, England||Private/business||1864||1866||Shared with G S Aitken. Assumed still at this address in 1866 - see works|
|43, Burgess Terrace, Hyde Road, Manchester, Scotland||Private||1868||After 1871|| |
|St James's Chambers, St James's Square, Manchester, England||Business||1868||1879|| |
|Rosmore/390, Lower Broughton Road, Higher Broughton, Manchester, England||Private||1876||1879|| |
|Duchy Chambers/2, Clarence Street, Manchester, England||Business||1880 *|| || |
|The Cottage, Hayfield, Derbyshire, England||Private||1880 *|| || |
|Higher Cliffe, Hayfield, Derbyshire, England||Private||1881 *|| || |
|St George's Chambers/10, Albert Square, Manchester, England||Business||1883 *|| || |
|Eccles, Lancashire, England||Private||1901 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Peddie & Kinnear|| ||Before 1860||Apprentice|| |
|Aitken and Aitken||1866||1866||Partner|| |
|Corson & Aitken||c. 1867||c. 1880||Partner|| |
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|
|1866||Independent Chapel and Schools||Altrincham|| ||Cheshire||England|| |
|1868||East UP Church||Galashiels|| ||Selkirkshire||Scotland||Enlargement|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|England and Wales||Births, marriages and deaths|| || |