Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Kent Leitch (or Archie Leitch (junior))
Designation: Engineer
Born: April 1891
Bio Notes: Archibald Kent Leitch was born in Glasgow in April 1891, the son of Archibald (Archie) Leitch, who was to become the foremost designer of football grounds of his generation, and his wife Jessie. The family moved to Liverpool in 1909, remaining there until the early years of the First World War when they moved to a prestigious address in London - Lonsdale House, Barnes, formerly the home of a member of the Wedgwood family.

Archie Junior joined his father's firm in 1920, and became a partner in 1927. He continued the business, under the name of Archibald Leitch & Partners, after his father's retirement in 1936. At that time he was still living with his parents, who had moved to a new semi-detached house in Cockfosters, North London in 1935. Archie Junior did not marry until 1938, and never had any children. His father died in his bed on 25 April 1939, leaving moveable estate of 2,111 12s 9d. He was buried in the family plot in East Sheen, alongside his daughters Jeannie (c.1896-c.1918) and Nancy (c.1904-1933); Archie Junior's other sister, Jessie, still lived nearby with her husband and two children.

During and after the Second World War, work for the practice was thin on the ground. The last listing for the firm appears in 1955; it is believed that Archie Junior retired the following year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6McLellan Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891Early 1890s 
Item 2 of 6Clincart Road, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1890sc. 1909 
Item 3 of 6Blundellsands, Liverpool (near), Liverpool, EnglandPrivatec. 19091914 
Item 4 of 6Lonsdale House, Barnes, London, EnglandPrivate19141935 
Item 5 of 618, Victoria Street, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness1925 *  
Item 6 of 6Cockfosters, London, EnglandPrivate19351938 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Archibald ('Archie') LeitchBefore 19201927Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 2Archibald Leitch & Partners19271956(?)Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This engineer 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 24After 1921Stamford Bridge football groundFulham LondonEnglandAdditions and alterations
Item 2 of 241927St James' Park football stadium  Newcastle upon TyneEnglandImprovements to existing stand, upgrading of terracing and terrace cover
Item 3 of 24c. 1927Ibrox Park football stadium  GlasgowScotlandNew South Stand
Item 4 of 241928West Ham StadiumWest Ham LondonEngland 
Item 5 of 241929Celtic Football GroundParkhead GlasgowScotlandNew 5000-seat south stand
Item 6 of 241929Roker Park football groundSunderland County DurhamEnglandNew Main Stand
Item 7 of 241929The DellSouthampton HampshireEngland 
Item 8 of 241930Windsor Park football ground, South Stand  BelfastNorthern Ireland 
Item 9 of 24c. 1931Dalymount Park football ground, Main Stand extension and terrace works  DublinEire 
Item 10 of 24c. 1931Molineux football groundWolverhampton StaffordshireEnglandRedevelopment of the North Bank ('The Cowshed'); new Molineux Street Stand; extension of South Bank Terrace
Item 11 of 241932Balmoral Show Ground, grandstand  BelfastNorthern Ireland 
Item 12 of 241932Twickenham rugby groundTwickenham MiddlesexEnglandWest Stand
Item 13 of 241933Derby County Baseball GroundDerby DerbyshireEnglandOsmaston End Stand
Item 14 of 241934White Hart Lane football stadiumTottenham LondonEnglandEast Stand
Item 15 of 241935Craven Cottage football groundFulham LondonEnglandUnexecuted proposals for new stands
Item 16 of 241935Derby County Baseball GroundDerby DerbyshireEnglandNormanton End Stand
Item 17 of 241935Molineux football groundWolverhampton StaffordshireEnglandCovering of South Bank
Item 18 of 241935Molineux football groundWolverhampton StaffordshireEnglandFurther work, including improvements to Molineux Street Stand
Item 19 of 241936Ayresome Park football groundMiddlesbrough YorkshireEnglandMajor additions, including new South Stand
Item 20 of 241936Hampden Park Football GroundMount Florida GlasgowScotlandNorth Stand and extension of South Stand
Item 21 of 241936Roker Park football groundSunderland County DurhamEnglandClock Stand
Item 22 of 241938Goodison Park stadium  LiverpoolEnglandGladwys Street End
Item 23 of 241939Stamford Bridge football groundFulham LondonEnglandNorth Stand
Item 24 of 241939Villa Park football ground  BirminghamEnglandHolte End terrace built to designs provided earlier by Archibald Leitch (senior)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this engineer:
Item 1 of 1Inglis, Simon2005Engineering Archie: Archibald Leitch - football ground designer London: English Heritage