Basic Biographical Details

Name: Horace Field
Designation: Architect
Born: 1861 or 1862
Died: 16 June 1948
Bio Notes: Horace Field was born in 1861 or 1862, the son of Horace Field, a London architect who was District Surveyor for Putney and Roehampton. In a somewhat unique move for a London-based architectural family he commenced his training in the office of John Burnet Senior in Glasgow c.1877-78. Whilst there, he was clearly influenced by Burnet's son John James Burnet's large-scale approach to design, which remained characteristic of Field's work thereafter. The elder Field died in May 1879 and the following year the younger Field came home, transferring to the office of Robert W Edis and pursuing his studies at the South Kensington Schools and Royal Academy Schools. He commenced practice on his own account c.1885, in partnership with his father's former chief assistant, who has yet to be identified. In 1889 he joined the Art Workers Guild nut resigned in 1906. In or about 1895 he opened a practice in Glasgow, working from 246 West Regent Street. This stay in Scotland was surely short-lived.

He was belatedly admitted FRIBA on 8 June 1903, his proposers being R Phené Spiers, William Douglas Caröe, and Thomas Henry Watson, who affirmed in his supporting statement that he counted Field 'amongst the personal friends for whom I have a very high regard'. From 1905 or 1906 until 1915 he was in partnership with his former apprentice and assistant Charles Evelyn Simmons at Langham Chambers, London.

No work in Scotland is known. Field retired to Rye and died on 16 June 1948.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 569, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, EnglandBusiness1885Before 1903 
Item 2 of 5246, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1895 *  
Item 3 of 51, Langham Chambers, London, EnglandBusiness1903 *  
Item 4 of 5Chestnut Lodge, Cannon Place, Hampstead, London, EnglandPrivate1903 *  
Item 5 of 5Stuttles, Military Road, Rye, Sussex, EnglandPrivate1948 *  

* 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 3John Burnet (senior)1877 or c. 1878c. 1879ApprenticeUnder John James Burnet
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Robert William Edis1880c. 1885Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Horace Field and Charles Evelyn Simmons1905 or 19061915Partner 

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 3Alexander Symon1898Late 1898Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Charles Evelyn Simmons18991903Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Charles Evelyn Simmons19031905Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Douglas Caröe8 June 1903for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Richard Phené Spiers8 June 1903for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Henry Watson8 June 1903for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Evelyn Simmons8 January 1912for 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 11895New housesHampstead LondonEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Beauty's Awakening Beauty's Awakening: The Centenary Exhibition of the Art Workers' Guild Brighton Museum September -November 1984, Royal Pavilion Brighton 
Item 2 of 3Brittain-Catlin, Timothy2010Horace Field and Lloyds Bank Architectural History, v53, p271-294 
Item 3 of 3Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary  p178

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder25 June 1948  p766 - obituary

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 F v14 p95 no906 (microfilm reel 11)