Basic Biographical Details

Name: Sidney Toy
Designation: Architect
Born: 1875
Died: 1967
Bio Notes: Sidney Toy was born in Redruth, Cornwall in 1875 and trained initially as an engineer, but commenced his architectural apprenticeship in 1902 at the late age of twenty-seven in the office of James Chalmers of Glasgow. He transferred to the London practice of William Douglas Caröe in 1904 and was appointed architectural expert to the Victoria Counties Histories of England and to the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments in 1908, commencing practice on his own account in Westminster the following year. He was admitted ARIBA on 3 December 1923, his proposers being Caröe, Alexander Godolphin Bond and William Henry Ward, and was elevated to FRIBA on 1 December the following year, again proposed by Caröe and Bond but this time with Philip Dalton Hepworth as his third proposer. Caröe described him as a 'receptive, studious, understanding & capable' assistant.

Toy died in 1967.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 229, Essex Street, Strand, London, EnglandPrivate/business1923 *  
Item 2 of 21, Cloisters, Temple, London, EnglandPrivate/business1924 *  

* 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 2James Chalmers19021904Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 2William Douglas Caröe19041906Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Alexander Godolphin Bond3 December 1923for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Alexander Godolphin Bond1 December 1924for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6William Douglas Caröe3 December 1923for Associateship
Item 4 of 6William Douglas Caröe1 December 1924for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Philip Dalton Hepworth1 December 1924for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6William Henry Ward3 December 1923for Associateship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building10 February 1967v212 p109 - obituary
Item 2 of 2The Times6 February 1967  Obituary

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 no3729 (microfilm reel 28); F no1989 (microfilm reel 16)