Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Bonython Moffatt
Designation: Architect
Born: 1812
Died: 1887
Bio Notes: William Bonython Moffatt was born in Cornwall in 1812 and began his training as a joiner. By 1829 he had come to London as an articled pupil of James Edmeston (1781-1867), where George Gilbert Scott was also serving his apprenticeship. Both took classes with George Maddox. Scott left in 1831 to spend a year with the contractors Grissell & Peto, subsequently working with Henry Roberts and then, in 1834, taking an office in Carlton Chambers, Regent Street to help an architect friend Sampson Kempthorne with workhouses. Early in 1835 Scott's father died and he set up practice on his own, initially specialising in workhouses, assisted by Moffat. He took Moffatt into formal partnership in 1838, and married Caroline Oldrid in the same year.

Scott built his first church in 1838. His reputation was established when he won the competition for the Martyrs' Monument at Oxford in 1840, and still more when he designed the large St Giles Camberwell in best Camden Society Gothic in 1842-44. In 1844 Scott made his first continental tour, and in the following year, 1845, he won the competition for the Nikolaikirche in Hamburg. In that same year Caroline Scott broke off the partnership with Moffat, who had become extravagant and unreliable, Scott thereafter largely abandoning the workhouse side of the practice to concentrate on church building.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 12, Adelaide Place, London Bridge, London, EnglandBusiness1856 *  

* 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 3James Edmestonc. 1829Before 1835Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3(Sir) George Gilbert Scott18351838Assistant 
Item 3 of 3George Gilbert Scott and William Bonython Moffatt18381845Partner 

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 2John Johnstone1840s Clerk of Works 
Item 2 of 2Edward Ingress BellAfter 1852Before 1860Assistant 


Bibliographic References

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