Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Bruce Merson |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1870 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||John Bruce Merson (generally referred to as J Bruce Merson) was born in 1870 and educated at Buckie Public School and Milne's Institution at Fochabers. He was articled to Jenkins & Marr of Aberdeen on 25 October 1886, attending classes at Robert Gordon's College and Gray's School of Art. In January 1891, having completed his apprenticeship, he went to London as assistant to George Joseph Frisch, enabling him to study at King's College, London where he gained a silver medal. At the beginning of the following year he moved to the office of Giles, Gough & Trollope, remaining with them for seven-and-a-half years before leaving for a salaried post with Willesden Urban District Council Architect's Department in 1899. |
He commenced practice as a principal in March 1902 by joining an unidentified firm, but when the work there did not live up to his expectations, he set up practice on his own account in February 1904. Business initially proceeded with success but after a few years the severe recession in architectural practice compelled him to take an assistant's post from March to September 1908 with Carshalton District Development Company, followed by another with Alfred Griffin, surveyor to Morden College who had offices in London and Blackheath, in April 1909.
Merson was admitted LRIBA in 1910, his proposers being John Evelyn Trollope, Charles James Dawson, the Barking Surveyor and Leonard Martin, a former colleague in the Giles, Gough & Trollope office. He left Griffin in July 1913 and worked for Ashdown & Price of Sicilian Avenue, London for four months before joining Ilford Urban District Council as an architectural assistant at the beginning of 1914.
He was elected FRIBA on 28 March 1927, Dawson again being one of his proposers but this time accompanied by Frederick George Faunch, also of Ilford, and Alfred Conder. At that time he was still working in the same department, the authority's name having changed to Ilford Borough Council.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|7, High Road, Kilburn, London NW, England||Business||1902 *|| || |
|17, St Swithin's Lane, London EC, England||Business||1908 *|| || |
|17, Ironmonger Lane, London, England||Business||1914 *|| ||Merson's address or Griffen's?|
|4 Park View, Brisbane Road, Ilford, Essex, England||Private||1914 *|| || |
|9, Lennox Gardens, Ilford, Essex, England||Private||1927 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v5 no307 (microfilm reel 30); F no2488 (box 7)|