Basic Biographical Details

Name: Lucas & Lanchester
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1919
Ended: 1930
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. The firm came to 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 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 for military service in 1916 but was invalided out 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.

Thomas Geoffry Lucas was born in 1872 and articled to Walter John Nash Millard of Hitchin from 1889. He studied at the atelier of Frank Thomas Baggallay and W J N Millard from 1889 to 1891, attending classes at University College, London, the Architectural Association, and the Royal Academy Schools. He was an assistant with the Scottish London-based architect William Flockhart, moving back to the practice of Baggallay & Millard, then to the office of Leonard Aloysius Scott Stokes and finally to that of Frederick Arthur Walters. He passed the qualifying exam and was elected ARIBA on 4 December 1889, his proposers being Edward William Mountford, Frank Thomas Baggallay and Leonard Aloysius Scott Stokes. He was elected FRIBA on 27 March 1911, proposed again by Stokes and also by Edward Guy Dawber and Henry Thomas Hare. He commenced independent practice in Hitchin in 1895.

Lucas withdrew from the partnership in 1930, Lanchester and Lodge continuing in partnership thereafter.

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 Lanchester19191930Partner 
Item 2 of 3Thomas Geoffry Lucas (or Geoffry Lucas)19191930Partner 
Item 3 of 3Thomas Arthur Lodge19221923Assistant 


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