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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Saxon Snell
Designation: Architect
Born: 1830
Died: January 1904
Bio Notes: Henry Saxon Snell was born in 1830. His nomination paper does not give any information on his training but when he was admitted FRIBA on 20 February 1871 his proposers were Professor Thomas Roger Smith, who must have taught him at University College, and Edward Cookworthy Robins and David Brandon, both London hospital specialists. He made his name in the later 1860s with innovative designs for workhouses and quickly extended his practice to hospitals and infirmaries in which he became one of the leading specialists in the 1890s and early 1900s, his main clients being the London guardians.

In 1882 Snell was joined in partnership by his sons Harry and Alfred. Harry Saxon Snell was admitted ARIBA on 27 March 1876, his proposers being his father, Professor Thomas Hayter Lewis and Arthur Cates. He died in 1886. His place was taken by his younger brother Alfred Walter Saxon Snell who was articled to his father 1877-80 and studied at University College and the Architectural Association. He was admitted ARIBA on 20 March 1882, his proposers being Lewis Henry Isaacs, Robins and his father, who took him into partnership in the same year. He became FRIBA on 2 March 1891, his proposers being his father, Ernest Turner, and Alfred Williams. A third son, John Saxon Snell, born 1873, joined the practice as an apprentice in 1891 but left to commence independent practice in 1900. Henry Saxon Snell died in January 1904. His son Alfred continued the practice, taking Rees Phillips into partnership in 1921. He died in 1949.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 236, Chancery Lane, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1865After 1872 
Item 2 of 222, Southampton Buildings, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1870After 1883 

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 1H Saxon Snell & Son18821904Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Alfred Walter Saxon Snell18771880Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Godfrey Pinkerton1880Before 1884Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3David Brandon20 February 1871for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Edward Cookworthy Robins20 February 1871for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) Thomas Roger Smith20 February 1871for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Alfred Walter Saxon Snell20 March 1882for Associateship
Item 2 of 4Alfred Walter Saxon Snell2 March 1891for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4Harry Saxon Snell27 March 1876for Associateship
Item 4 of 4Alfred Hessel Tiltman27 January 1879for Associateship

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 41886Montrose AsylumHillside, Montrose AngusScotlandConsulted for selection of design in competition for new hospital block
Item 2 of 41887Aberdeen Royal Infirmary  AberdeenScotlandNew ward block - acted as consultant
Item 3 of 41889Leanchoil Cottage Hospital, Chapelton MuirForres MorayshireScotlandTook over after Rhind's death
Item 4 of 4c. 1890Royal Victoria Hospital  MontrealCanada 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder16 January 1904v86 p64 - obituary
Item 2 of 3Builder12 March 1904v86 p291 - obituary
Item 3 of 3RIBA JournalJanuary 1904v11London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp160 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v4 p101 (microfiche 83/A6)


© All rights reserved. Building News 15 August 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 15 August 1890