Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) Walter John Tapper
Designation: Architect
Born: 1861
Died: 21 September 1935
Bio Notes: Sir Walter John Tapper commenced practice in London in 1893, whilst continuing as chief assistant in the practice of Bodley & Garner where he had served since 1882. He worked in partnership with J L Davenport from 1893. He was consulting architect to York Minster from 1907 to 1935, consulting architect to the Gas Light & Coke Company from 1924, surveyor to Westminster Abbey from 1928, and honorary consulting architect to the Incorporated Church Building Society. From 1920 he worked in partnership with his son, Michael John Tapper (born 1894), who continued the practice after his death on 21 September 1935.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 110, Melina Place, London NW8, EnglandBusiness1926 *  

* 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 1Bodley & Garner18821900(?)Chief Assistant 

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 5Herbert Mayer Barker19071908Assistant 
Item 2 of 5John Abercromby Arthur1926 * Assistant 
Item 3 of 5James Drummond1927Late 1920sAssistant 
Item 4 of 5Alec Nisbet19291935Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5George Fairweather19351936Assistant(?)Prospective junior partner

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2John Abercromby Arthur29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 2 of 2James Drummond5 December 1927For 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 21903Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, second competition, second limited stage  LiverpoolEnglandshortlisted design
Item 2 of 21925Balliol College ChapelOxford OxfordshireEnglandSuperseded Burnet when scheme became war memorial


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal12 October 1935v42London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp1157 - obituary by E Guy Dawber