Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frank West Rich
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 August 1840
Died: 25 February 1929
Bio Notes: Frank West Rich was born in Darfield, South Yorkshire on 14 August 1840 and articled to William Parnell c.1863. He commenced independent practice in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1872 and was consulting architect to Lord Armstrong. He was elected FRIBA on 1898. He was the father of Roland Rich (born 1875) and of Edmund Rich (1867-1936) who were both architects. He died on 25 February 1929.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 442, Msley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1872Before 1898 
Item 2 of 41, Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate/business(?)Before 1898After 1924 
Item 3 of 4Dues Hill Grange, Rothbury, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1905 *  
Item 4 of 4Jesmond Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1905 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

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 4Henry Greig Badenoch18751889Assistant 
Item 2 of 4James Bruce1877July 1881Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Basil Procter18941897Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Basil Procter18971899Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2James Bruce2 December 1907for Fellowship
Item 2 of 2George Cade Smith7 November 1887for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Rutherford, Ray1996Frank West Rich: Newcastle Architect Final Year Dissertation in Combined Honours at The University of Newcastle, School of ArchitectureFinal Year Dissertation in Combined Honours at The University of Newcastle, School of Architecture in 1996.

Copies can also be found in the RIBA Library, London; The Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne and The Local History Archives at The Discovery Museum, Blandford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. The latter also has some superb, hand coloured plans and elevations by Rich.