Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Gilbee Habershon
Designation: Architect
Born: 1818 or 1819
Died: 12 August 1891
Bio Notes: William Gilbee Habershon was born in 1818 or 1819 and articled to his father, architect Matthew Habershon. He began practice in 1843 in St Neots, subsequently moving to London, and was admitted FRIBA on 9 February 1852, his proposers being his father's pupil Ewan Christian, Sir John Pennethorne and Thomas Leverton Donaldson. He and his brother Edward inherited their father's practice upon his death in 1852. On the dissolution of the partnership with his brother Edward in 1863, William entered into a partnership with his former pupil, Alfred Robert Pite, born in 1832. Pite had left to gain experience in the office of Philip Charles Hardwick in 1851 and had emigrated to Brazil as architect to the Don Pedro Railway, 1856. He was admitted FRIBA on 5 December 1864 (proposers missing). Pite (father of William Alfred Pite and Arthur Beresford Pite) retired in 1877 at the early age of 45 (he died on 15 February 1911) and William Glbee Habershon continued the practice with James Follet Fawckner who had been a partner since 1870, although his name did not appear in the firm's title at that time. Details of Fawckner are lacking as he never joined the RIBA but he had probably been a senior assistant.

William Gilbee Habershon died on 12 August 1891; Fawckner in 1898.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2St Neots, Cambridgeshire, EnglandBusiness1843Before 1863 
Item 2 of 238, Bloomsbury Square, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1852After 1868 

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 3E & W G Habershon18521863Partner 
Item 2 of 3Habershon & PiteAfter 1863After 1877Partner 
Item 3 of 3Habershon, Pite & FawcknerAfter 1877Before 1891Partner 

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 1Alfred Robert Pite  Apprentice 

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 41858Duncrub House ChapelDunning PerthshireScotland 
Item 2 of 41860 or 1862Dunning ManseDunning PerthshireScotland 
Item 3 of 41861Duncrub HouseDunning PerthshireScotlandReplacing William Burn House
Item 4 of 41871All Saints Episcopal Church, ChallochNewton Stewart WigtownshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder31 October 1898