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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ernest George
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 June 1839
Died: 15 December 1922
Bio Notes: Ernest George was born in Southwark, London on 13 June 1839 and articled to the London architect Samuel Hewitt 1856-60. In 1857 he entered the Royal Academy Schools, winning its Gold Medal in 1859. For a few months in 1860-61 he was in the office of William Allen Boulnois before embarking on a sketching tour in France and Germany and setting up practice with another Royal Academy Schools student, Thomas Vaughan, born c. 1839, who had won three silver medals there. Vaughan died in 1874 and in 1876 George entered into a second partnership with Harold Ainsworth Peto, born at Somerteyton, Suffolk on 11 June 1854, son of Samuel Peto, railway contractor. Peto had originally trained as a joiner with Lucas Brothers, builders, before joining the office of John Louth Clemence at Lowerstoft for one year and Kerslake and Martiner for two years. After a study tour of Italy, Germany and France he briefly worked with his brothers' contracting firm, Peto Brothers, from 1875. Thereafter the practice was remarkably successful in part through Peto's connections.

Ill health obliged Peto to withdraw from the partnership in 1892, although he went on to establish an equally important independent reputation as an architect of gardens. In the same year George formed a partnership with his chief assistant Alfred Bowman Yeates, who had been born in 1867 and was also a product of the Royal Academy Schools while articled to Arthur Cates.

George was awarded the Royal Gold Medal in 1896, belatedly elected ARA in 1910, knighted in 1911, and made RA in 1917. He died in London on 15 December 1922. Yeates retired in 1935 and died on 6 May 1944; Peto had died in April 1933.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 418, Cannon Street, Streatham, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1861 *  
Item 2 of 411, Argyll Street, London, EnglandBusiness1881 *  
Item 3 of 418, Maddox Street, Regent Street, London, EnglandBusiness(?)Before 1891After 1914 
Item 4 of 46, Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park, London, EnglandPrivate(?)1914 *  

* 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 2Ernest George & Peto18761892Partner 
Item 2 of 2Ernest George & Yeates18921922Partner 

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 3Stanley Davenport Adshead18941894AssistantFor a couple of months
Item 2 of 3Lionel Francis Cranec. 1897 Improver 
Item 3 of 3William Hodgson Burnet19021902Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 16(Sir) Herbert Baker13 January 1890for Assocateship
Item 2 of 16(Sir) Herbert Baker18 January 1900for Fellowship
Item 3 of 16Francis William Bedford2 March 1891for Associateship
Item 4 of 16Francis William Bedford4 December 1899for Fellowship
Item 5 of 16Henry Blackadder3 December 1906for Associateship
Item 6 of 16Jonas James Bradshaw18 January 1885 
Item 7 of 16William Laidlaw Carruthers7 March 1892for Fellowship
Item 8 of 16Erskine Seaton Cummings4 December 1893for Associateship
Item 9 of 16William Flockhart18 February 1901for Fellowship
Item 10 of 16John James Joass10 June 1895for Associateship
Item 11 of 16John James Joass2 December 1912for Fellowship
Item 12 of 16David William Kennedy4 December 1893for Associateship
Item 13 of 16(Sir) Mervyn Edmund Macartney11 March 1889for Fellowship
Item 14 of 16Paul Waterhouse11 March 1895for Fellowship
Item 15 of 16Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth12 January 1891for Associateship
Item 16 of 16Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth5 March 1900for Fellowship

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 41878House on Crown LandsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 2 of 41879House for J T Mackenzie of KintailLoch Dinch Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 3 of 41883Limekilns Parish ChurchLimekilns FifeScotlandDesigned pulpit (made by Mitchell & Kinghorn)
Item 4 of 41919War Memorial, BerriedaleBerriedale CaithnessScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   


© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890