Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Hall Morton
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 August 1849
Died: 1923
Bio Notes: Joseph Hall Morton was born on 15 August 1849 in North Shields and was a pupil of Matthew Thomson of Newcastle from 1864, remaining as his assistant until 1871 when he commenced practice on his own account in South Shields. He was elected FRIBA in 1882, his proposers being Thoams Oliver, F R N Haswell and W L Newcombe. He took his son Ralph Henry Morton (born 1873) into partnership in 1900. The elder Morton died in 1923 and Ralph Henry Morton continued on his own until 1949 when Morton Angus Mackenzie succeeded to the practice.

Morton senior was a specialist in workhouses and was responsible for all or parts of the workhouses at Bradford (1896-1901), Doncaster (1896-99) and Stamford (1899-1902) as well as those in Nottingham, York, Hartlepool, Burton-on-Trent and Hexham.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1South Shields, County Durham, EnglandBusiness1871  

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 1J H Morton & Son19001923Partner 

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 2Larmont Douglas Penman18931898Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Andrew Grant19031905Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Andrew Grant20 July 1911for 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 6After 1893WorkhouseBradford YorkshireEngland 
Item 2 of 6After 1893WorkhouseNottingham NottinghamshireEngland 
Item 3 of 6After 1893WorkhouseDoncaster YorkshireEngland 
Item 4 of 6After 1893WorkhouseSouth Shields County DurhamEngland 
Item 5 of 6After 1893WorkhouseStamford LincolnshireEngland 
Item 6 of 61895WestoeSouth Shields County DurhamEnglandHouse partly reconstructed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder1 April 1949  p403 (obituary of Ralph Morton)
Item 2 of 2Shields Gazette29 June 1923  p5 (obituary of J H Morton)

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 information from Graham Potts.
Item 2 of 2Tyne and Wear ArchivePapers of J H Morton DT.JHM