Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Slater
Designation: Architect
Born: 1818 or 1819
Died: 17 December 1872
Bio Notes: William Slater was born in 1818 or 1819. He was articled to Richard Cromwell Carpenter of London c.1835-40 and remained with him as an assistant. When Carpenter died in 1855, his principal clients arranged for Slater to take over the practice. Slater was admitted ARIBA on 19 November 1855 and FRIBA on 19 December 1859. His architecture tended to be more early Gothic with French influences in contrast to Carpenter's mid to late English Decorated, and in the 1850s and early-mid 1860s he was assisted by another Carpenter pupil, William Smith, later Bassett-Smith who left to commence practice on his own account in or before 1866.

In 1857 Slater took on as an articled pupil Carpenter's son, Richard Herbert Carpenter, born in July 1841 and educated at Charterhouse. He was taken into partnership in 1863 and was admitted ARIBA on 15 June of that year, his proposers being Slater, Mair and the St Pancras surveyor Henry Baker. Together they built Ardingly College and in 1868 the younger Carpenter redesigned his father's scheme for the chapel at Lancing as an immensely tall French cathedral-like edifice.

Slater died on 17 December 1872.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 14, Carlton Chambers, London, EnglandBusiness1857 *  

* 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 3Richard Cromwell Carpenter18351840Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Richard Cromwell Carpenter18401855Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Slater & Carpenter186317 December 1872Partner 

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 3Richard Herbert Carpenter18571863Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Benjamin Ingelowc. 1857c. 1858Improver 
Item 3 of 3Benjamin Ingelowc. 18581863Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Richard Herbert Carpenter15 June 1863for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Henry Hall (senior)2 December 1861For 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 91850(?)St Stephen's Episcopal Church and ParsonageBurntisland FifeScotlandPresumably assisted Carpenter; subsequently completed the building of the parsonage, to Carpenter's designs
Item 2 of 91855St Andrew's Episcopal CathedralInverness Inverness-shireScotlandCarpenter's scheme completed - not executed
Item 3 of 91855St Mary's Episcopal ChurchBirnam PerthshireScotlandConstruction, following the designs of Richard Cromwell Carpenter after his death
Item 4 of 9c. 1855St Serf Episcopal ChurchBurntisland FifeScotlandCommenced by Carpenter and completed by Slater after his death - this has yet to be confirmed
Item 5 of 91857St Peter's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 91865Memorial to Prince Consort  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design
Item 7 of 91865St Peter's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 91867St John the EvangelistDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 9 of 91872St John the EvangelistDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandTiles in chancel


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914