Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Dykes
Designation: Architect
Born: 1853
Died: 6 October 1930
Bio Notes: Thomas Dykes was born in Tayport, Fife in 1853, the son of David Dykes, later a ship's captain who opened a ships chandler's warehouse in Dundee on his retirement, and his wife Jane Kirk. He was articled to Edward & Robertson, Dundee, from 1869 to 1874; his nomination paper states that he commenced independent practice in 1880 and does not account for the period 1875-79 when the EU church at Dumbarton was designed.

On 15 July 1885 he married Agnes Geddes Lornie at Pathhead, Fife. They had four children: David (born 1890), Clara, Mabel and Eva, all born in Mount Florida.

Around the turn of the century he formed a short-lived partnership with Andrew Robertson. Robertson had been born in 1868 and articled to Dykes from 1882 to 1887, remaining as a draughtsman until 1888. In 1888-89 he had spent some months wth Peat & Duncan, thereafter becoming assistant and chief draughtsman to Clarke & Bell & R A Bryden to which practice he had returned as partner.

After the dissolution of the partnership with Robertson in the early years of the twentieth century, Dykes took Hugh Dale into partnership in 1906. Born in 1872, Dale had been articled to Henry Edward Clifford in 1887 and had remained as an assistant.

Dykes was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. The practice address at that time was 69 West Regent Street, Glasgow and his house 1 Rochdale Place, Mount Florida.

The practice of Thomas Dykes & Dale, based at 65 West Regent Street, was never notably prosperous. Dale spent the year 1916 in Liverpool, perhaps on war work, but appears to have returned in 1917. The practice did not recover after the First World War and in 1919 or early 1920 Dale withdrew from the partnership and moved to Coventry, where he recommenced practice. Dykes continued the practice at a diminishing level, his main profession in his later years being that of parish council clerk. He was described as such when he died at 133 Balornock Road, Glasgow on 6 October 1930.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 665, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1880After 1911 
Item 2 of 61, Rochdale Place, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891 *  
Item 3 of 650, Brownlie Street, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1901  
Item 4 of 61, Rochdale Place, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911After 1915 
Item 5 of 615, Brownlie Street, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1920After 1925 
Item 6 of 6938, Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  

* 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 3Edward & Robertson18691874Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3T Dykes & Robertsonc. 1898Before 1906Partner 
Item 3 of 3Thomas Dykes & Dale19061919 or early 1920Partner 

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 2Andrew Robertson18821887ApprenticeRemained as draughtsman to 1887
Item 2 of 2Andrew Robertson18871888Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 131878EU ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandCompletion delayed by structural collapse
Item 2 of 131893SurbitonPollokshields GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 131896DunfillanHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additional floor at rear
Item 4 of 131898City Improvement Trust warehouse  GlasgowScotlandSecond premiated competition design (50 premium)
Item 5 of 131899Springburn & Cowlairs District HallsSpringburn GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 6 of 13After 1900Premises for James Howden  GlasgowScotlandAdditions?
Item 7 of 13190244-46 Monkton RoadPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 131904Factory for Kosmoid LtdDumbuck DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 9 of 131909St Mary the Virgin Episcopal ChurchBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 131910Hydepark Street School  GlasgowScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 11 of 131910Shoe Factory  GlasgowScotland4-storey building added
Item 12 of 13Before 1911CourtallanBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 13Before 1911Residential flatsDunoon ArgyllScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v17 no1243