Basic Biographical Details

Name: Syme & Leckenby
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1942
Ended: c. 1958
Bio Notes: John Stuart Syme was born in 1872 and was articled to Robert Rowand Anderson in 1888, attending Heriot-Watt College and, briefly, the Edinburgh School of Applied Art before moving to the office of William Henry Thorp of Leeds in 1896. In 1898 he moved to London to work for James Glen Sivewright Gibson, returning to Anderson's practice, by then Anderson, Simon & Crawford, in 1899. On the dissolution of that partnership in 1902 he joined the office of the Edinburgh School Board architect John Alexander Carfrae, leaving for Liverpool in 1905 to be briefly assistant to Frank Worthington Simon of Matear & Simon. In the same year he moved again to York as assistant to Walter Henry Brierley whose chief assistant since 1901, James Hervey Rutherford, had been a fellow apprentice in Anderson's office. Syme was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911, proposed by Sydney Decimus Kitson and the Leeds & Yorkshire Architectural Society.

Brierley subsequently took Rutherford into partnership, Rutherford continuing the practice after Brierley's death in August 1926 and taking Syme into partnership in January the following year. Syme was elevated to FRIBA in mid-1928, his proposers being Simon, Rutherford and Edward **CHECK**. At that time he was President of the York & East Yorkshire Architectural Society. His nomination papers state that he had spent at least a fortnight each year since 1893 in travelling and studying, and had visited Belgium, France and Italy as well as touring England and Scotland extensively.

The Rutherford & Syme partnership was dissolved in 1939; Rutherford continued the Brierley practice and Syme practised alone until 1943 when he merged his business with that of Cecil Leckenby, whose son David became a partner in 1954. They were joined by John K Keighley in 1956. By that date Syme was eighty-four and must have been almost completely retired. By the post-war period, he was affectionately referred to as 'Dinky Dime' by some members of his staff.

He died on 12 December 1958.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Leeds, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Roy Hunterc. 1939c. 1940Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 4John Stuart Syme19431958Partner 
Item 3 of 4Cecil Leckenby19431958Partner 
Item 4 of 4David A Leckenby19431958Partner 

References

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Roy HunterInterview of Roy Hunter by Jessica Taylor, 18 November 2009 Information on 'Dinky Dime' epithet