Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward Buckton Lamb
Designation: Architect
Born: May 1805 or May 1806
Died: 30 August 1869
Bio Notes: Edward Buckton Lamb was born in May 1805 (British Architectural Library) or 1806 (Grove), the son of James Lamb, a government official and amateur artist. He was articled to Lewis Nockalls Cottingham and published 'Etchings of Gothic Ornament' in 1830. In the early 1830s he was draughtsman to John Claudius Loudon, for whom he produced many of the designs in the 'Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture'. On 3 April 1837 he was admitted FRIBA, his proposers being James Noble, Thomas Leverton Donaldon, Charles Fowler and Ambrose Poynter, but in 1844 he resigned his fellowship, probably for financial reasons as at that date his few commissions for actual building had been designs for overseas.

In 1846 he published 'Studies of Ancient Domestic Architecture' with a text written by William Henry Leeds, but it was not until 1850 that his practice became prosperous, mainly for country house additions and alterations, notably Hughenden Manor for Benjamin Disraeli and for churched distinguished by a wilful Gothic detail and centralised plans. He was readmitted Fellow on 23 January 1860 and set his ideas in lectures, published in the Building News in June 1860 and July 1861.

Lamb died in London on 30 August 1869, bankrupted by the building of the Plaisance (now Fawkham Manor), which he was forced to sell in 1868. The practice was continued by his son Edward Beckitt Lamb, born in 1857.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 225, Henrietta Street, Brunswick Square, London, EnglandPrivate(?)1837 *  
Item 2 of 23, Hinde Street, Manchester Square, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)Before 1861After 1869 

* 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 2Lewis Nockalls Cottinghamc. 1821c. 1826Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2John Claudius LoudonEarly 1830s * Draughtsman 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Sydney Smirke29 April 1844for 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 31847Carnsalloch HouseKirkmahoe DumfriesshireScotlandChapel
Item 2 of 31856St Ninian's Episcopal ChurchCastle Douglas KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 3 of 31857Chapel at AuchnacarryAuchnacarry|Achnacarry Inverness-shireScotland 


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 2Gee, C R1988Edward Buckton Lamb, 1806-69   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building NewsJune 1860  Lectures by Lamb
Item 2 of 2Building NewsJuly 1861  Lectures by Lamb