Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Bracewell
Designation: Architect
Born: 1886
Died: 6 July 1953
Bio Notes: Arthur Bracewell was born in 1886. He was articled to William Rhodes Nunns in Bingley, Yorkshire from 1901 to 1906, studying at Keighley Technical & Art School. He presumably remained with Nunns as assistant after completing his apprenticeship, but took a short course at the Royal College of Art under William Richard Lethaby in 1908, and in the same year made a study tour of 'the eastern counties'. In 1911 he was taken into partnership by Nunns with offices in Bingley and Keighley, but the partnership was dissolved in 1915, presumably on account of the war.

Bracewell was admitted ARIBA in 1919, his sole proposer being Arthur Beresford Pite; at that time his address was Willowbank, Keighley. He commenced practice on his own account in 1922 and, probably in 1926, he moved to Tillicoultry, establishing himself at Middleton Mill where he designed and built an office for himself. He had been persuaded to come to Scotland by the proprietors of Middleton and Devonpark Mills in order to execute work for them. He subsequently moved to Oak Mill, Tillicoultry and divided his time between there and an office in the Garden City of Saltaire near Bradford. From the 1930s he designed mainly industrial buildings in Yorkshire and in Scotland and a number of public houses in West Yorkshire.

In 1952 his son Arthur Geoffrey Bracewell joined the practice, the name becoming Arthur Bracewell & Son. Both father and son held the post of Tillicoultry Burgh Architect. Arthur Bracewell died on 6 July 1953.

The subsequent history of the firm is outwith the scope of this dictionary but suffice to say the firm still practices today under the name Bracewell Stirling Architects.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Oak Mill, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 7Saltaire, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness   
Item 3 of 7Bank Chambers, Bingley, West Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1914 *  
Item 4 of 7Hillcrest, Bingley, West Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1914 *  
Item 5 of 7Willowbank, Keighley, West Yorkshire, EnglandPrivateBefore 1919After 1926 
Item 6 of 7Middleton Mill, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandBusiness1926(?)After 1950 
Item 7 of 738, Walker Terrace, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1954  

* 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 4William Rhodes Nunns19011906Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4William Rhodes Nunns1906(?)1911(?)Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 4Nunns & Bracewell19111915Partner 
Item 4 of 4Arthur Bracewell & Son19521953Partner 

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 1Arthur Stranraer Mull19471952ApprenticeWhilst studying at Glasgow School of Art


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Arthur Beresford Pite1919for 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 71926Mill GlenTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 2 of 71931Jamieson Gardens garden city layoutTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 3 of 71935Mill workers houses, 36-46 and 52-62 Moss RoadTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotlandAlso second block
Item 4 of 71937Mill workers houses, 36-46 and 52-62 Moss RoadTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotlandSecond block
Item 5 of 71938Devonvale HallTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 6 of 7195216-18 Mar StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 7 of 7Before 1953Tillicoultry Glen pathwaysTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp110
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalNovember 1953 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Bracewell Stirling ArchitectsArthur Bracewell drawings, photographs and job files  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3070 (microfilm reel 24)