Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frederick Humphrey Groves
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: Frederick Humphrey Groves commenced practice at 11 John Street, Adelphi, London in the mid-1830s and was admitted ARIBA on 12 February 1838, his proposers being Charles Barry, Henry Roberts and John Newman. He resigned or allowed his associateship to lapse in 1841. It is not clear whether he was in practice or employed thereafter, but he was living at 9 Trellick Terrace, Pimlico in 1854. He may have held an appointment of some kind with the Post Office as in that year he was commissioned to design the new Glasgow post office in George Square, Charles Wilson's scheme having been discarded. He then settled at 123 Grafton Terrace, Glasgow. In the event Groves's design did not find favour with William Burn, the Government's consulting architect for Scotland, who made the design himself. Groves returned to London shortly thereafter and was in practice at 9 Craig's Court, Charing Cross in 1868.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 411, John Street, Adelphi, London, EnglandBusinessMid 1830s *  
Item 2 of 49, Trellick Terrace (or Trelleck Terrace?), Pimlico, London, EnglandPrivate1854 *  
Item 3 of 4123, Grafton Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1855 *1856 
Item 4 of 49, Craig's Court, Charing Cross, London, EnglandBusiness1868 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Charles Barry12 February 1838for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Newman12 February 1838for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Henry Roberts12 February 1838for 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 11854Glasgow General Post Office  GlasgowScotlandGroves prepared plans in place of Wilson's (replaced by Burn). A fatal accident on the building site may be related to Groves or Burn being appointed.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 3Post Office Directories     

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 A v1 p69 (microfiche 2/D3)