Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Denison Walton
Designation: Architect
Born: 1862
Died: 1919
Bio Notes: Henry Denison Walton was born at 16 Lanark Street, Glasgow on 10 November 1862, the son of John Walton, waste and flock manufacturer, and his wife Mary Denison. His father was born in Glasgow; no family connection to George Henry Walton was known to Camilla Uytman (née Walton), although the fact that both worked on St Peter's Episcopal Church, Glasgow within a short period of each other suggests that there may have been a link. Henry Denison Walton was educated at Paisley Grammar School and Glasgow Academy, and articled to James Milne Monro from 1877 to 1882, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art. In 1883 he moved to London as assistant first to James Cubitt for a year, then to Robert William Edis for two years and finally to William Young, for whom he returned to Glasgow as resident architect and clerk of works on Glasgow City Chambers. During his London years he studied at the Royal Academy Schools and at the Architectural Association: he was RA Silver Medallist in 1884, Architectural Association Travelling Student in 1885 and Pugin Student in 1886. These enabled him to travel in the Cotswolds, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium and Italy prior to commencing practice in Glasgow in 1888 as the partner of the older William Holmes Howie (born 1858), a fellow student at the RA Schools and a colleague in Young's office. They adopted the practice title of W H Howie & H D Walton. The partnership was initially supported by Walton's continuing role at the City Chambers, but was dissolved in 1894.

Despite his distinguished student record and experience of large building projects with Young, Walton's practice was never large, his main client being the Episcopal Church of which he was a member. He married in 1896, his first home being in Gordon Terrace, a block of tenement flats at 431-437 Clarkston Road. By 1901 he was sufficiently prosperous to build a pair of semi-detached villas, one of which, Learig, became the Walton residence. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson; his address at that time was 213 West Campbell Street. Perhaps anticipating that the disastrous subsidence at Christ Church, Mile End, his largest and best church, would oblige him to give up his West Campbell Street office, he gave only his home address in 'Who's Who in Architecture' in 1914. In the event war work of some kind seems to have enabled him to keep it open until early 1919 when he closed his Glasgow practice completely and moved first to London, probably as an assistant, and then to Coventry where he died late in 1919. He was buried at Cathcart Cemetery.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5131, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1889 *  
Item 2 of 5Fernlea Villa, Langside/Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1889After 1891Parental home
Item 3 of 511, Bothwell Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1895After 1904 
Item 4 of 5213, West Campbell Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19091919 
Item 5 of 5Lea-rig (or Learig), New Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1911 Residence from before 1911; also working from there by 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 5James Milne Monro18771882Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5James Cubitt18831884Assistant 
Item 3 of 5(Sir) Robert William Edis18841885Assistant 
Item 4 of 5William Young18861887AssistantAs clerk of works on City Chambers, Glasgow
Item 5 of 5W H Howie & H D Walton18881894Partner 

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 1John Alfred Taylor HoustonApril 1894April 1898Apprentice 


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 41 Tenement, Allison Road  GlasgowScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 41 Tenement, Polmadie RoadPolmadie GlasgowScotlandNo date
Item 3 of 411883West Kensington Congregational ChurchKensington LondonEnglandAs assistant to James Cubitt
Item 4 of 411884Badminton Club  LondonEnglandProbably involved, as assistant to R W Edis
Item 5 of 411884Bedding factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 411884Constitutional Club  LondonEnglandAs assistant to R W Edis
Item 7 of 411886Aberlady Parish ChurchAberlady East LothianScotlandAs assistant to William Young
Item 8 of 411886Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandWorked as resident architect and clerk of works for William Young
Item 9 of 411886Gosford House  East LothianScotlandReconstruction and new wings - as assistant to William Young
Item 10 of 41After 1888Penwold HouseBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 411889St Ninian's Episcopal ChurchPollokshields GlasgowScotlandPulpit
Item 12 of 411891RavensburnSkelmorlie AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 411891Sheffield Municipal BuildingsSheffield YorkshireEnglandCompetition design - not successful
Item 14 of 411891Trinity UP ChurchSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandDesign for interior
Item 15 of 411892Saltcoats Town HallSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandTown hall addition
Item 16 of 411893Mitchell Street UP ChurchBeith AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 411893St Mark's Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 41After 1894St Peter's Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotlandNew aisle
Item 19 of 411895St Bartholomew's Episcopal ChurchGourock RenfrewshireScotlandChancel and new aisle
Item 20 of 411896Gordon TerraceClarkston GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 411897St Matthew's Episcopal Church HallsPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 411897St Paul's Episcopal ChurchAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 23 of 411899Additions to house at LeadhillsLeadhills LanarkshireScotland 
Item 24 of 411899Chalmers Memorial Free Church  GlasgowScotlandInternal alterations
Item 25 of 411899St Ninian's Episcopal ChurchPollokshields GlasgowScotlandMemorial reredos
Item 26 of 411899Warehouse for A Denholm & Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 411901Darvel Board SchoolDarvel AyrshireScotland3rd premium
Item 28 of 411901Double VillaClarkston GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 411903St Martin's Episcopal ChurchPolmadie GlasgowScotlandSouth aisle, transept and hall added
Item 30 of 411904Proposed Episcopal church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 411906Beehive Thread Works  GlasgowScotlandWater tower
Item 32 of 411909St Cuthbert's Episcopal Church hallCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 33 of 411911Yoker Old Church, hallsYoker GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 41191212 Neilston RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 35 of 411913Christ Church Episcopal ChurchMile End GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 411913Hoarding, Broomlands and West StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 37 of 411913Hoarding, East Croft StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 38 of 411913Hoarding, Storie StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 39 of 411913Warehouse for Greenlees & Sons  GlasgowScotlandGarage added
Item 40 of 411914St Columba Episcopal Church and John Hutchison Sharp Memorial HallClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandJohn Hutchison Sharp Memorial Hall
Item 41 of 411915St David of Scotland Episcopal ChurchScotstoun GlasgowScotland 


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 2Builder23 January 1920v118 p104 - obituary - CHECK for further info
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal24 January 1920v27London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp140 - 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 L v21 no1653