Basic Biographical Details

Name: Kidner & Cory
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1875
Ended: Early 1878
Bio Notes: William Kidner was born on 16 February 1841 at Durston, near Taunton, Somerset, the second son of William Kidner, a farmer and his wife, Ann Smith. The family farmed at Bickley Farm, Milverton, Somerset in 1851. William junior does not appear to have embarked on an architectural career immediately as was working as a builder's clerk in 1861 and at that time was living at 11 Bessborough Gardens, St John's Westminster. His RIBA nomination paper gives no indication of his training but he probably studied at University College London since his proposers were Professor Thomas Leverton Donaldson and his pupil Edward Augustus Gruning; he certainly worked for his third proposer, George Gilbert Scott, as he emigrated to Shanghai in 1866 to build Scott's Holy Trinity Cathedral and set up practice there after it was completed in 1869. While in Shanghai Kidner visited various places in China and Japan, and c.1874 he engaged as assistant John Myrie Cory, a Carlisle architect who had also been in Scott's office 1867-69, and had spent fifteen months in the United States in 1870-71. On his return Cory had bought a partnership in the London Roman Catholic practice of a relative Joseph Cory Scholes, but this had apparently not proved a success.

In 1875 Cory became a partner in Kidner's Shanghai practice which reached its peak in 1877 with two large bank commissions. Kidner withdrew from the partnership early in 1878.

Private and Business Addresses

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

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 2William Kidner1875Early 1878Partner 
Item 2 of 2John Myrie Cory1875Early 1878Partner 

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 21877Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank  ShanghaiChina 
Item 2 of 21878Mercantile Bank  ShanghaiChina 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Izumida, Hideo Scottish architects in the Far East 1840-1870 Architectural Heritage II : Scottish architects abroad 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Via DSA websiteInformation coutesy of Simon Kidner Sent May 2012