Basic Biographical Details

Name: Wills & Sons
Designation: Architectural practice
Bio Notes: John Wills senior, the founder of this practice started his career as an architect in Knightsbridge, London but went bankrupt and moved to Derby and found a niche designers chapel for Dissenters and managed to pay off his debts. He also practised in Skegness. He built 200 chapels mainly in the Midlands and South from 1874 until 1914. His sons joined the firm as Wills & Sons.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Derby, Derbyshire, EnglandBusinessBefore 1923After 1930 
Item 2 of 2Algitha Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire, EnglandBusinessBefore 1923After 1930 

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 3James Smith Leslie1923Before 1931Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 3John WillsBefore 1923After 1931Partner 
Item 3 of 3James Smith Leslie1931 * Chief Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.