Basic Biographical Details

Name: Cecil John William Simpson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1867
Died:  
Bio Notes: Cecil John William Simpson was born in 1867 and articled to the London and North Western Railway's Estate Department c.1883. Thereafter he taught in Manchester Municipal School of Art and Wigan School of Mines. In 1897 he was appointed as assistant in the Office of Works, and in 1906 he was posted to Shanghai as Architect to H M Office of Works Far Eastern Division. While based there he was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911 his proposer being the Chief Architect Sir Henry Tanner. He had returned to the Westminster Office of Works by 1914 when he replaced William Thomas Oldrieve as architect in the charge at the Edinburgh office, remaining there until 1922 when he was succeeded by John Wilson Paterson.

In 1921 he carried out a tour of the Far East legation buildings and sites and in the winter of 1923-24 he carried out a tour of South American embassy and consulate buildings with authority to but suitable sites. These resulted in a considerable programme of buying and building but Simpson did not actually design any of them.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Manchester, England(?)Business   
Item 2 of 3Shanghai, ChinaBusiness1906After 1911 
Item 3 of 3London, EnglandBusinessBefore 19141922 

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6London and North Western Railway's Estate Departmentc. 1883c. 1888(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)18971906AssistantIn Edinburgh office, working under William Thomas Oldrieve
Item 3 of 6William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)18971906AssistantIn H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 4 of 6H M Office of Works Far Eastern Division1906Before 1914Architect 
Item 5 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)After 19111914Assistant(?)In London office
Item 6 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19141922Chief ArchitectIn Edinburgh office

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 1Andrew Duncan Kellock1914After 1919AssistantWith the exception of war service; in H M Office of Works

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1(Sir) Henry Tanner20 March 1911for Licentiateship

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 81914Glasgow General Post Office  GlasgowScotlandAddition of side blocks (steel and reinforced concrete) - commenced by W T Oldrieve, completed by C J W Simpson, as successive Architects for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 2 of 81915Garden City housingCrombie FifeScotlandWith C J W Simpson as architect for Scotland
Item 3 of 81919Post Office  EdinburghScotlandAs architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 4 of 81921St Oran's Chapel IonaArgyllScotlandConsolidation - as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 5 of 8c. 1922Telephone Exchange  EdinburghScotlandAs Architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 6 of 81924Post officeAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandAs architect of Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 7 of 81926Blackness Castle  West LothianScotlandMajor repairs
Item 8 of 81934Anstruther Easter post officeAnstruther Easter FifeScotlandAs chief architect in H M Office of Works

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Bertram, Mark2011Britian's Diplomatic Buildings Overseas, 1800-2000 Reading: Spire Booksp173-175
Item 2 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914