Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frederick Richard Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1827
Died: 6 May 1894
Bio Notes: Frederick Richard Wilson was born in 1827 and was articled to Lewis Nockells Cottingham and worked for Charles Barry on the Houses of Parliament before writing sanitary reports on various towns, He went to Alnwick, Northumberland in 1854 as site architect for Anthony Salvin who was restoring Alnwick Castle and in 1859 he set up business on his own account at Alnwick. He won the RIBA Silver Medal for drawings of Brinkburn Priory in 1861 and was admitted FRIBA in 1873 his proposers being T H Wyatt, Robert Jewell Withers and Thomas Chatfield Clarke. From 1880-1892 he was a surveyor to Alnwick Rural Sanitary Authority and served on the local Board of Health for 27 years and on the Burial Board for 12 years. As Diocesan Surveyor for Lindisfarne 1877-1892 he restored many churches with a reputation for careful work that respected the original fabric. He died on 6 May 1894. His elder son Geoffrey was Alnwick Town Surveyor for many years and Marmaduke Temple Wilson was Surveyor to Alnwick RDC and took over the family practice.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Market Place, Alnwick, Northumberland, EnglandBusiness1868 *  

* 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 3(Sir) Charles Barry  Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Lewis Nockalls Cottingham  Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Anthony Salvin1854 Site Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Chatfeild Clarke1873For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Robert Jewell Withers1873For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Henry Wyatt1873For Fellowship

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 81866Church of St BartholomewTweedmouth NorthumberlandEnglandEnlargement of chancel, and gothicisation
Item 2 of 81866National School and SchoolhouseTweedmouth NorthumberlandEngland 
Item 3 of 81866St Helen's Parish ChurchCornhill BerwickshireScotlandAlterations and additions, including chancel (probably responsible - Strang attribution)
Item 4 of 8c. 1869ChurchBerwick-upon-Tweed NorthumberlandEngland 
Item 5 of 81870St Anne's Parish ChurchAncroft NorthumberlandEnglandExtension of nave; rebuilding of chancel; replacement of door and windows
Item 6 of 81879Duddo Parish ChurchDuddo NorthumberlandEngland 
Item 7 of 81888St Bartholomew's VicarageTweedmouth NorthumberlandEngland 
Item 8 of 81894National School and SchoolhouseTweedmouth NorthumberlandEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Memoir of FR Wilson1894Memoir of FR Wilson Reprinted as booklet from Alnwick & County Gazette, 12 May 1894 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Archaeologia Aeliana19133rd ser, 10 pp259-261
Item 2 of 3Building News18 May 1894  p672
Item 3 of 3The Times15 May 1894  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Graham Potts