Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Milburn
Designation: Architect
Born: 1858
Died: 20 March 1935
Bio Notes: William Milburn was the son of Captain William Milburn, a shipowner and shipping surveyor in Sunderland and his wife CAtherine Ridley. was born in 1858. He was articled to John Tillman of Sunderland and remained as assistant, studying at Sunderland School of Art. He commenced independent practice in Sunderland in 1879 at the early age of twenty-one, but appears from his nomination form to have taken what was probably a short career break to study at the South Kensington Schools in 1880. His brother Thomas Ridley Milburn, born three years later also entered the profession.

William merged his practice with that of his brother in 1897. He was elected FRIBA on 4 February 1904, his proposers being William Henry Knowles of Newcastle, John Gibson, also of Newcastle and Alfred William Stephens Cross of London.

In his private life he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer and became a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He was awarded the MBE for his work as recruitment officer in World War 1. Both Thomas Ridley Milburn and his brother William were brought up as Wesleyans but Thomas joined the Church of England's Bishopwearmouth congregation.

He died on 20 March 1935.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 117-18, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, County Durham, EnglandBusiness1932 *  

* 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 2John Tillmanc. 18741879Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2W & T R Milburn1896 or 1897c. 1931Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William Eric DowLate 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Thomas Ruddiman Wood30 November 1925for 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 41921Union MillMontrose AngusScotlandConversion
Item 2 of 41922Coliseum Theatre  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 3 of 41927Empire Palace Theatre  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding of Matcham's theatre
Item 4 of 41928Empire Theatre  GlasgowScotlandInternal rebuilding of Matcham's theatre on larger scale and alterations to exterior


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder5 April 1935  Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal27 April 1935v42London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp738 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Graham Potts
Item 2 of 2Tyne & Weir ArchiveMilburn Papers DT.TRM