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Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) Arthur William Blomfield
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 March 1829
Died: 30 October 1899
Bio Notes: Arthur William Blomfield was born on 6 March 1829 at Fulham Palace in London the fourth son of Charles James Blomfield, Bishop of London 1828-1857. He was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge from which he graduated BA in 1851 and MA in 1854. In 1852 he was articled to Philip Charles Hardwick and about this time he travelled on the Continent with Frederick Pepys Cockerell. In 1856 he commenced independent practice was notably successful as a church architect, in large part due to his father having established a diocesan fund for new churches. He was president of the Architectural Association in 1861 and was elected FRIBA on 20 May 1867, his proposers being George Gilbert Scott, H Brandon and J P Seddon.

Blomfield was appointed architect to the Bank of England in 1883. He also held the post of architect to the Diocese of Winchester. He was elected vice president of the RIBA in 1886, was knighted in 1889 and was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 1891. His sons, Charles James Blomfield and Arthur Conran Blomfield were assumed into partnership in 1890 and after 1901 respectively.

Arthur William Blomfield died on 30 October 1899.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 18, Adelphi Terrace, London, EnglandBusiness1867 *  

* 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 2Philip Charles Hardwick1852 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2(Sir) Arthur Blomfield & Sons1890Before 1899Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 13Frank DarlingAfter 18691872Assistant 
Item 2 of 13John Evelyn Trollope18751876Apprentice 
Item 3 of 13John Evelyn Trollope18761880Assistant 
Item 4 of 13John McLean (or Maclean) CrawfordAfter 1876Before 1885Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 13George Washington Browne1877Before 1879Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 13Charles James Blomfieldc. 1878(?)Before 1886Apprentice 
Item 7 of 13William Conradi1880s Chief Assistant 
Item 8 of 13(Sir) Reginald Theodore Blomfield18801884Apprentice 
Item 9 of 13George Arthur Hamilton Dickson18811884Apprentice 
Item 10 of 13Samuel TuckerBefore 1881Before 1881Assistant 
Item 11 of 13Bertram Vaughan Johnson18871888Apprentice 
Item 12 of 13David William Kennedy1891Early 1892Assistant 
Item 13 of 13James Greenwood Stephenson18921893Improver 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3H Brandon20 May 1867for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) George Gilbert Scott20 May 1867for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3John Pollard Seddon20 May 1867for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5(Sir) Reginald Theodore Blomfield1881for Associateship
Item 2 of 5George William Hamilton Gordon21 June 1886for Associateship
Item 3 of 5William Henry Harrison3 June 1889for Fellowship
Item 4 of 5Bertram Vaughan Johnson31 January 1890for Associateship
Item 5 of 5Paul Waterhouse11 March 1889for Associateship

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 51861Christ ChurchCrouch End LondonEngland 
Item 2 of 51886Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, first competition  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 3 of 51887Imperial Institute  LondonEnglandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 4 of 51890St Mary's Episcopal ChurchDalkeith MidlothianScotlandMemorial Chapel to fifth Duke of Buccleuch and transept
Item 5 of 51919War MemorialAcharacle, Loch Shiel ArgyllScotland 


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 3Builder4 November 1899  Obituary
Item 2 of 3Builder11 November 1899  Obituary
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal1900v77London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp19-20, 36-37


© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890