Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Ellis Anderson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1866
Bio Notes: Alexander Ellis Anderson was born in 1866, probably in Dundee, the son of James Anderson, tea dealer and was the younger brother of William James Anderson. He appears to have originally trained as a builder in the offices of Messrs Davies of St Andrews and G Easton of North Berwick. From then he settled in England with joiner J A Hunt of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, moving to the office of William Larner Sugden of Leek before joining his brother's practice in Glasgow for further experience. He commenced practice on his own account in Northampton in 1893. He was admitted LRIBA in late 1910, his proposers being Lewis Solomon, J R Moore-Smith and George Hubbard. In Northampton Anderson designed Primrose Hill Congregational Church (1903), the Barratt Shoe Factory (1913), the Memorial Hall (1919) and houses in an idiosyncratic arts and crafts style including Hillcrest and studios for himself at 28 Hazelwood Road. He was executant architect for Charles Rennie Mackintosh's remodelling of 78 Derngate for W J Basset-Lowke in 1916.

(Some names are uncertain since the writing on the LRIBA nomination papers is difficult to decipher.)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 436, Victoria Road, Northampton, EnglandBusiness1893  
Item 2 of 4Hillcrest, Abington Park, Northampton, Northamptonshire, EnglandPrivate(?)1910 *  
Item 3 of 464, Abington Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, EnglandBusinessBefore 1910After 1914 
Item 4 of 4Studios/28, Hazelwood Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, EnglandBusiness(?)1926 *  

* 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 5G Easton1883Before 1889ApprenticeTrained as a builder
Item 2 of 5Messrs DaviesAfter 18831889ApprenticeTrained as a builder
Item 3 of 5J A Hunt1889Before 1893Assistant 
Item 4 of 5William James AndersonAfter 18891893AssistantWorked in his brother's office before 1893.
Item 5 of 5William Larner SugdenAfter 1889Before 1893Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George HubbardLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Robert Moore-SmithLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Lewis SolomonLate 1910for Licentiateship

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 2191678 DerngateNorthampton NorthamptonshireEnglandExecutant architect for Charles Rennie Mackintosh's remodelling
Item 2 of 21919Abbey Leather WorksArbroath AngusScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914  Mistranscribed location of J A Hunt's office as 'Hoddenley'
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v5 no265