Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis William Bedford
Designation: Architect
Born: 1866
Died: 1904
Bio Notes: Francis William Bedford was born in 1866 and articled to William Henry Thorp (1852-1944) from 1884 to 1887. He was in the office of Ernest George & Peto from 1887 to 1890. He attended the AA classes, the RA schools, and Westminster School of Art, winning the Ashpitel Prize in 1890 and the Owen Jones studentship in 1891. He passed the qualifying exam 1890 and was admitted ARIBA on 2 March 1891, his proposers being Ernest George, John Belcher and William Henry Thorp.

Bedford commenced independent practice in Leeds in 1892, and was in partnership with Sydney Decimus Kitson from 1897 to 1903, when he moved to London. He was elected FRIBA on 4 December 1899, again proposed by Thorp and George but his third proposer this time being George Bertram Bulmer.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 718, Maddox Street, London, EnglandBusiness1890 *  
Item 2 of 7Sycamore Lodge, Woodhouse Cliff, Leeds, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate(?)1891 *  
Item 3 of 712, East Parade, Leeds, EnglandBusiness18921895 
Item 4 of 78, Princes Street, Westminster, London, ScotlandBusiness1896 *  
Item 5 of 7Greek Street Chambers, Greek Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness(?)1899 *  
Item 6 of 714, Monkbridge Road, Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate(?)1899 *  
Item 7 of 722, Old Burlington Street, London, EnglandBusiness1904 *  

* 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):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3William Henry Thorp18841887Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Ernest George & Peto18871890Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Bedford & Kitson18971903Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Belcher2 March 1891for Associateship
Item 2 of 6George Bertram Bulmer4 December 1899for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Ernest George2 March 1891for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Ernest George4 December 1899for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6William Henry Thorp2 March 1891for Associateship
Item 6 of 6William Henry Thorp4 December 1899for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Stanley Davenport Adshead5 June 1905for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3William Dunn5 December 1904for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Robert Watson5 December 1904for Fellowship

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 startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 21897BrahanPerth PerthshireScotlandDesigned before partnership with Kitson which began later that year?
Item 2 of 21899Cartwright Memorial HallBradford YorkshireEnglandCompetition design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder10 December 1904  p610 Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal10 December 1904v12, 116London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp116 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v11 p79 (microfiche 48/E4); F v13 p51 (microfiche 118/D1)