Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Henman
Designation: Architect
Born: 1846
Died: 1917
Bio Notes: William Henman was born in London in 1846 and was articled to his father Charles Henman in 1866, at the late age of twenty. He then moved to the office of Thomas Hayter Lewis while attending the Royal Academy Schools. He subsequently moved to the office of Edward Sharpe and travelled in France before commencing independent practice in 1871 in Stockton on Tees in partnership with John William Alexander. In 1879 they won three competitions in the Birmingham area and Henman moved there to supervise the jobs and decided to stay. He formed a partnership with Thomas Cooper there from 1898. Henman was a specialist in the design of hospitals and developed improved ventilation systems based on American models.

Henman was admitted ARIBA on 20 March 1881, his proposers being Thomas Hayter Lewis, Francis Cranmer Penrose and Ewan Christian. He was elected FRIBA on 11 March 1895, his proposers being Penrose, Alfred Waterhouse and William Hale. He died in 1917.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 519, Temple Street, Birmingham, EnglandBusiness   
Item 2 of 596, High Street, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, EnglandBusiness1877 *  
Item 3 of 537, Waterloo Street, Birmingham, EnglandBusiness1881 *  
Item 4 of 542, Cherry Street, Birmingham, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1893 *  
Item 5 of 5Dingwall, Farquhar Road, Edgebaston, Birmingham, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1900 *  

* 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 4Charles Henman1866c. 1870Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Hayter Lewisc. 1870Before 1871Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Edmund Sharpec. 1871c. 1871Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Henman & Cooper1898 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Ewan Christian20 March 1881for Associateship
Item 2 of 6William Hale11 March 1895for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Thomas Hayter Lewis20 March 1881for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Francis Cranmer Penrose20 March 1881for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Francis Cranmer Penrose11 March 1895for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Alfred Waterhouse11 March 1895for Fellowship

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 31889Sheffield Municipal BuildingsSheffield YorkshireEnglandCompetition design - not successful
Item 2 of 31903HouseAlness Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 3 of 31903Perrins CentreAlness Ross and CromartyScotland 


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 2Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder4 May 1917v112 p288
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal1917v24London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp223-4

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 Information from Graham Potts
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v8 p116 (microfiche 32/C7); F v12 p77 (microfiche 115/D6)