Basic Biographical Details

Name: Habershon, Spalding & Brock
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1865
Bio Notes: The practice was founded by Matthew Habershon, who was born in 1789 of a Rotherham family and was articled to William Atkinson in 1806 and remained as assistant. He became an enthusiast for timber-framed houses, publishing a book on them in 1836. He was also a zealous Anglican, publishing 'A Dissertation on the Prophetic Scriptures' (1834) and other similar works, and travelling to Palestine in 1842 to complete the cathedral begun by J W Johns, a work that brought him an interview with the King of Prussia in the following year.

Matthew Habershon died in London on 5 July 1852. The practice was inherited by his sons Edward Habershon and William Gilbee Habershon. Edward was articled to his father and admitted ARIBA on 9 February 1852 and FRIBA on 5 November 1860.

Following the break with his brother Edward Habershon went into partnership with Henry Spalding, who had been born in 1838|9 and articled to the Harbershons in 1857. In 1865 they made their managing clerk Edgar Philip Loftus Brock a partner. Brock had been born in 1833, articled to the original E and WG Habershon practice in 1857, and had studied at the RA Schools where he won the Silver Medal. Spalding, who was admitted ARIBA on 17 March 1873, subsequently left to form a partnership with Patrick Auld and Alfred William Stephen Cross, and on Edward Habershon's retirement in 1879 Brock became sole partner and was belatedly admitted FRIBA on 20 March 1882, his proposers being Edward Habershon, Arthur Cates and Professor T Hayter Lewis. Edward Habershon died in 1901; William Gilbee Habershon on 12 August 1891; Brock in 1895; and Spalding on 25 June 1910.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1London, EnglandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Spalding1865 Partner 
Item 2 of 3Edward Habershon18651879Partner 
Item 3 of 3Edgar Philip Loftus Brock1865After 1879Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 11865Temperance HotelLangholm DumfriesshireScotland 


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