Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Alfred Harding
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 July 1887
Died: 1959
Bio Notes: Charles Alfred Harding (sometimes referred to as Charles Alfred Harding Junior) was born on 12 July 1887 and educated at Glasgow Academy. He was articled to Salmon, Son & Gillespie from 1904, attending the classes at Glasgow School of Art (1903 to 1911) and the Royal Technical College. He was notable successful in winning prizes and scholarships, being the Glasgow Institute of Architects Presidentís prizewinner in 1905 and travelling student in 1907, maintenance bursar in 1909 and Whitelaw Silver Medallist, also in 1909. He left Salmon, Son & Gillespie in August 1908 to take the postgraduate course at the Glasgow School of Architecture, obtaining his diploma in May 1910. Early that year he had won another travelling scholarship which enabled him to spend the months of April to September studying in Italy and France, and it was presumably at this point that he spent time at the British School at Rome. He passed the qualifying exam in 1911, and was admitted ARIBA on 4 December that year, his proposers being William Forrest Salmon (who had died in the interim period between signing his forms and the approval of the papers), John Gaff Gillespie and James Salmon Junior. In the same year he moved to London as chief assistant to Thompson & Walford. In 1912 he transferred to H M Office of Works, and for the following two years he worked there and for the LCC. By 1914 he had settled at Elsfield, Maldon Road, Wallington, Surrey.

Harding practised as both architect and structural engineer. After serving in the First World War, he joined Percy L Browne & Glover of Newcastle upon Tyne (soon to become Percy L Browne & Son) as chief assistant. He was taken into partnership in 1925; it is unclear whether the practice title remained unchanged or became Percy L Browne & Harding.

He was elected FRIBA in early 1932, his proposers being Percy L Browne, and Henry Leicester Hicks and George Edward Charlewood who were working in partnership in the same town.

He died in 1959.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 71, Ann Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1903 *  
Item 2 of 734, Ancaster Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1904 *  
Item 3 of 716, Kersland Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1907 *  
Item 4 of 746, Kersland Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 5 of 7Elsfield, Maldon Road, Wallington, Surrey, EnglandPrivateBefore 1914After 1924 
Item 6 of 7Pearl Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness1932 *  
Item 7 of 731, Albemarle Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate1932 *  

* 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 7Salmon, Son & Gillespie19041909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Thompson & Walford19111912Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 7H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1912Before 1914Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 7London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)After 19121914Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 7Percy L Browne & Glover1919Before 1925Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Percy L Browne & Harding1925(?) Partner 
Item 7 of 7Percy L Browne & Sonc. 1928After 1932Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Percy Lindsay BrowneEarly 1932for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6George Edward CharlewoodEarly 1932for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6John Gaff Gillespie4 December 1911for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Henry Leicester HicksEarly 1932for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6James Salmon (junior)4 December 1911for Associateship
Item 6 of 6William Forrest Salmon4 December 1911for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1David Henry White5 May 1953For 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 1July 1924The Picture House  GlasgowScotlandFoyer rebuilt


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1923    

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 Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v20 no2224 (microfilm reel 21); F no3017 (box 15)