Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frank Loughborough Pearson
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 January 1864
Died: 8 October 1947
Bio Notes: Frank Loughborough Pearson was born on 14 January 1864, the only son of the architect John Loughborough Pearson and Jemima Christian. She was the sister of the architect Joseph Henry Christian and cousin of Ewan Christian, a close friend of Pearson's. They lived in a combined house and office at 22 Harley Street to which he had moved in 1855 or 1856. Jemima died of typhoid fever on 25 March 1865, Frank being then sent to Cronkbourne, Isle of Man, to be brought up by her unmarried sister Sarah in the household of their married sister Hannah Moore.

Frank Loughborough Pearson joined the office of his father in 1881. He had been brought back from the Isle of Man in 1871 to attend Dr Spreyers' school at Halstain Lodge, Weybridge prior to being sent to Winchester. He had hoped to go to Cambridge and become a civil engineer, but was persuaded to become an architect because of the very long timescale of the building of Truro Cathedral, the commssion for which his father has won in 1878. Frank had to undertake exceptional responsibilities very early as his father's assistant,William Douglas Caröe, left in 1883 to become the partner of Pearson's brother-in-law Joseph Henry Christian, leaving John Ernest Newberry, only two years older than Frank, as the most experienced person in the office. Frank was formally taken into partnership in 1890.

In 1891 Frank Pearson married Cecilia, eldest daughter of Alfred Littleton, chairman of Novello & Co Ltd and they had four daughters, three of whom. survived Pearson. He died on 8 October 1947.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 213, Mansfield Street, London, EnglandBusiness1881  
Item 2 of 222, Ashley Place, Westminster, London, EnglandBusinessAfter 1900  

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 Loughborough Pearson  Assistant 
Item 2 of 2John Loughborough Pearson1890 Partner 

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 2Francis Roland FosterAfter 1898Before 1908Assistant 
Item 2 of 2James Herbert Belfrage1902 * Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Douglas Caröe11 June 1900for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) William Emerson11 June 1900for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Aston Webb11 June 1900for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Herbert Belfrage1 December 1902for 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 91884Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, first competition  LiverpoolEnglandShortlisted competition design
Item 2 of 91895Mayfield Free ChurchMayfield EdinburghScotlandOrgan case
Item 3 of 91896St Ninian's Episcopal CathedralPerth PerthshireScotlandAlterations to choir, new reredos and south chapel, new chapter house - taking over full responsibility when his father died in 1897.
Item 4 of 91898Holy Trinity ChurchAyr AyrshireScotlandNave built to John L Pearson's design. Also triptych and chancel screen.
Item 5 of 91901Trinity College Glenalmond, ChapelGlenalmond PerthshireScotlandAltar
Item 6 of 9c. 1903St Serf Episcopal ChurchBurntisland FifeScotlandNew building: provided sketch design - executed by W R Simpson as master of works
Item 7 of 91909St Ninian's Episcopal CathedralPerth PerthshireScotlandBaldachino and rebuilding of north choir aisle and sacristy
Item 8 of 91909St Ninian's Episcopal Cathedral, Monument to Bishop WilkinsonPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 91910St Ninian's Episcopal CathedralPerth PerthshireScotlandRemoval of west tower and reconstruction of west end following settlement


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalNovember 1948 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Frank L Pearson p39