Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis Robert Newton Haswell
Designation: Architect
Born: 31 March 1834
Died: 18 November 1912
Bio Notes: Francis Robert Newton Haswell was born in Southwark, London on 31 March 1834, the son of a Wesleyan Minister. He was articled to John S Middleton of Darlington from 1849 to 1854, and remained in his office as managing clerk in the latter year. He commenced practice in North Shields in 1856. In 1858 he entered into partnership with Robert James Johnson, two years older than him and also formerly of Middleton's office. The partnership appears to have been dissolved by 1861 when Johnson joined Thomas Austin and they purchased the practice of John Dobson in 1865 and completed some of his outstanding work. Haswell worked alone until his son, Fred Haswell, LRIBA, joined the firm. It continued as Haswell & Son until 1953.

Haswell senior was admitted FRIBA on 6 January 1873, his proposers being Johnson, Charles Hodgson Fowler and Edward Robert Robson. He was architect to the first School Board for Tynemouth from 1878 to 1903. He died on 18 November 1912.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2North Shields, Tyneside, EnglandBusiness1856After 1872 
Item 2 of 2Cauldwell House, Monkseaton, Tyneside, EnglandPrivate/business1905 *  

* 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 3John Middleton18491854Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Middleton1854Before 1856Managing Clerk 
Item 3 of 3Haswell & Johnson1858Before 1861Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Charles Hodgson Fowler6 January 1873for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Robert James Johnson6 January 1873for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Edward Robert Robson6 January 1873for 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 11858Trinity Church  EdinburghScotlandWon open competition (joint first place with Lanyon & Lynn?) - not built


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Milburn, G E F R N Haswell's diary for 1853 Wesley Historical Society (NE ) Bulletin, 53 March 1990, pp20-29 
Item 3 of 4Pike Northumberland  p205
Item 4 of 4Potts, G R F R N Haswell, Methodist Architects 1834-1912 Wesley Historical Society (NE ) Bulletin, 53 March 1990, pp20-29 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Archaeologia Aeliana1913Ser 3, vol 10 pp331-2 Obituary with list of antiquarian papers
Item 2 of 4Builder13 January 1913  p161 Obituary
Item 3 of 4RIBA Journalbetween 1912 and 1300s20London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp231 Obituary
Item 4 of 4Shields Daily News19 November 1912  p2 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 Fellowship Nomination Papers (information per Graham Potts)