Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Henry Syme
Designation: Architect
Born: 1845
Bio Notes: William Henry Syme was born in Edinburgh in 1845. He was articled to Peddie & Kinnear from 1859 to 1864 and subsequently spent three years as improver in the office of David Bryce. Whilst there he was honorary secretary of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1865-6. In 1867 he moved to London, where he assisted Benjamin Ferrey and Edward Cookworthy Robins until 1869. He spent the following nine years designing and superintending all the buildings on the estates of W H Smith MP, T F Halsey MP, Lord Chesham and others. He was admitted ARIBA on 1 November 1875, his proposers being Robins, Ferrey and Henry Currey, and hecommenced independent practice in 1877 in Watford, Hertfordshire. He was elevated to FRIBA on 18 November 1889, his proposers being Robins, J T Christopher and Ewan Christian. He remained in practice in Watford until at least 1914.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 452, High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness1886 *  
Item 2 of 4High Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, EnglandBusiness1886 *  
Item 3 of 44, High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness18941910 
Item 4 of 458A, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1914  

* 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 4Peddie & Kinnear18591864Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4David Bryce18641867Improver 
Item 3 of 4Benjamin Ferrey1867Before 1869Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Edward Cookworthy RobinsAfter 18671869Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Ewan Christian18 November 1889for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6John Thomas Christopher18 November 1889for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Henry Currey1 November 1875for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Benjamin Ferrey1 November 1875for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Edward Cookworthy Robins1 November 1875for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Edward Cookworthy Robins18 November 1889for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Arnold6 June 1904for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Pike Hertfordshire  p182
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v5 p84 (microfiche 18/D2); F v10 p9 (microfiche 107/B5)