Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Castings
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 March 1853
Died: 1913
Bio Notes: Arthur Castings was born on 17 March 1853 at St Pancras, Middlesex (now London), the son of James and Mary Ann Castings. He became George Devey's chief draughtsman and was married by the time of the census of 1881. When Devey died on 4 November 1886, just as he was planning to retire, another senior assistant, James Williams, who may have been with Devey longer, was Devey's executor and received the larger bequest of 1,000; Castings received only 500. Incompatibility prevented them from forming a partnership and the practice was divided, Williams forming the short-lived partnership of Williams West & Slade at 3 Grosvenor Street and Castings setting up office at 61 Lincoln's Inn Fields to complete the work at Minley and St Paul's Waldenbury, the latter for the Earl of Strathmore. Williams subsequently took on W H Godfrey, first as an articled pupil and then as a partner. When Castings died in 1913 his practice was closed. He left his widow in financial difficulty and she asked Godfrey to sell her husband's archive on her behalf. Five drawings were sold to the Countess of Strathmore, and some others may have been sold in the same way by writing to Devey and Castings's clients, but the great majority were returned by Godfrey to re-unite the Devey archive, now in the RIBA Drawings Collection.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 215, Euston Street, London, EnglandPrivate1881 *  
Item 2 of 261, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, EnglandBusiness1886  

* 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 1George DeveyAfter 18681886Chief Draughtsman 

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 11892Glamis Castle  AngusScotlandDutch garden designed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Allibone, Jill1991George Devey, Architect 1820-86  p36-7
Item 2 of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints: Website