Basic Biographical Details

Name: Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornely
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1906
Ended: After 1911
Bio Notes: Frank Gatley Briggs was born in 1862 and educated at Lower Bank Academy, Blackburn. He was articled to James Bertwistle of Blackburn from 1876 to 1880 and subsequently worked as assistant to Thomas Chatfeild Clarke before commencing practice on his own account in 1887 in Blackburn and Liverpool, in partnership with Henry Vernon Wolstenholme. Wolstenholme was born in 1863 and served his articles with Miles Aspinall of Blackburn from 1876. He had been a fellow assistant with Briggs in Thomas Chatfeild Clarke's office between 1882 and 1885, and had subsequently worked for William Ithell Mason of Liverpool until commencing practice in partnership with Briggs.

Briggs and Wolstenholme were joined in 1906 by Arnold Thornely as Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornely. Thornely was born on 7 October 1870 and was articled to Francis Usher Holme and George Holme of Liverpool from 1887 to 1891. He remained as assistant, and attended Liverpool School of Art and Liverpool Architectural Society lectures. He worked as assistant to Willink & Thickness in 1891, travelled in France, and passed the qualifying exam in 1893, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA that year. He commenced independent practice in Liverpool in 1898.

Thornely was President of the Liverpool Architectural Society in 1910 and 1911. He was knighted in 1933 and received the RIBA Architecture Bronze Medal for Ulster in the same year. Prior to that, on 28 September 1921, Briggs had died.

Wolstenholme died on 15 April 1936, Thornely continuing to practise alone thereafter. He died on 1 October 1953.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3May Buildings/51, North John Street, Liverpool, EnglandBusinessBefore 1903After 1911Also in Blackburn
Item 2 of 3Central Buildings, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, Lancashire, EnglandBusinessBefore 1910After 1914Also in Liverpool
Item 3 of 3Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, EnglandBusinessBefore 1914After 1925 

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 4(Sir) Arnold Thornely1906 Partner 
Item 2 of 4Frank Gatley Briggs1906 Partner 
Item 3 of 4David Alston Beveridge19061908Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Stewart McLauchlan1911 * Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 11913Liverpool University Faculty Arts Building  LiverpoolEnglandIn association with Frank Worthington Simon

References

Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.