Basic Biographical Details

Name: Lanchester, Stewart & Rickards
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1896
Ended: 3 August 1904
Bio Notes: Henry Vaughan Lanchester was born in London on 9 August 1863 the son of Henry Jones Lanchester and was articled to his father in 1879. Thereafter he sought wider experience in the offices of Frederick James Eedle, Thomas William Cutler and George Campbell Sherrin, taking classes at the Royal Academy Schools and the Architectural Association, gaining the Aldwinckle Travelling Studentship and passing the qualifying examination in 1888, and winning the Owen Jones Studentship in 1889-90. He was admitted ARIBA on 18 November 1889, his proposers being Cutler, Stephen Salter and Aston Webb. In 1896 Lanchester formed a partnership with James S Stewart and Edwin Alfred Rickards. Stewart, born in 1866, had also been in Sherrin's office and had studied at the Royal Academy Schools and had an equally distinguished record winning the Academy's Gold and Silver Medals. Edwin Alfred Rickards, born in 1872, was first articled to Richard John Lovell, but Lanchester moved to Frederick Jones Eedles and after a spell with Dunn & Watson, also to Sherrin's where he renewed contact with Lanchester and met Stewart; from there he went to Leonard Stokes's office until invited by Lanchester to join them in partnership. The firm came into immediate prominence by winning the third premium in the Edinburgh North British competition and then in the following year by winning the Cardiff City Hall and Law Courts competition.

Stewart never sought admission to the RIBA and died tragically early on 3 August 1904, the firm then becoming Lanchester & Rickards. In 1912 Lanchester went to India to report on a site for New Delhi and the replanning of Madras and other Indian cities and acquired a large practice there. Rickards, who had suffered from indifferent health since a near collapse from overwork in 1913 looked after the London office. He volunteered from military service in 1916 but was invalided out from the trenches in France after three months. He became seriously ill in 1919 and died in Bournemouth on 29 August 1920. Because of Rickards' illness Lanchester took Thomas Geoffry [sic] Lucas into partnership in 1919 and in 1923 Lucas's former partner Thomas Arthur Lodge. Lanchester died on 16 January 1953 in London.

Private and Business Addresses

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

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 3Henry Vaughan Lanchester18963 August 1904Partner 
Item 2 of 3James S Stewart18963 August 1904Partner(?) 
Item 3 of 3Edwin Alfred Rickards18963 August 1904Partner 

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 31896North Bridge  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - placed third for buildings flanking approach (100 premium)
Item 2 of 31897Town Hall  CardiffWalesWon design competition
Item 3 of 31910Usher Hall  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not placed but influenced Stockdale Harrison's revised design


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