Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Lamb
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1835
Bio Notes: Robert Lamb was born about 1835 in South Shields, County Durham. He was articled to Thomas Oliver junior of Sunderland from 1848-53. He moved to London to take up a post as assistant to A S Newman from 1853-55 before returning to Oliver as assistant from 1855-58 becoming his partner from 1858-61 . He was taken into partnership by Oliver. The year after, 1862, he moved to become as assistant engineer with the Rhymney Railway where he remained for four years. Thereafter Lamb joined John Ross of Darlington initially as assistant and in 1870 being taken into partnership.

Lamb passed the qualifying exam and was admitted ARIBA in 1869, his proposers being Thomas Oliver, A S Newman and R J Johnson of Newcastle and FRIBA in 1872, his proposers being Oliver Johnson and John Ross. Lamb was a founder member of the Northern Architects Association.

Lamb emigrated to New Zealand for his health in 1879 and died there.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Darlington, County Durham, EnglandBusiness   
Item 2 of 327, Winchester Street, South Shields, Co. Durham, EnglandPrivate1851  
Item 3 of 3New ZealandBusinessAfter 1879  

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 7Thomas Oliver18481853Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7A S Newman18531855Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Thomas Oliver18551858Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Oliver & Lamb18581861Partner 
Item 5 of 7Rhymney Railway Engineer's Department18621866Assistant 
Item 6 of 7John Ross18661870Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Ross & Lamb18701879Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Edward Watson1877For 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 11869Braemar Free ChurchBraemar AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilding


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect1 February 1879XXI p67
Item 2 of 2Builder1 February 1879XXXVII p134

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Graham Potts