Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alfred Darbyshire
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 June 1839
Died: 5 July 1908
Bio Notes: Alfred Darbyshire practised in Manchester from 1862.

In 1855 Darbyshire was articled to Peter B Alley who had commenced independent practice in Manchester about 1850 with offices in Cross Street and later Princes’s Court, off Market Street,

Previously Alley had been employed by Richard Lane c1842-1850, although there is no contemporary evidence that a partnership existed between the two men. Claims for such a partnership seem first to have appeared in Alfred Darbyshire’s “An Architect’s Experiences” of 1897. Although such claims were withdrawn in the Manchester press a few days after publication, and were not included in Alley’s subsequent obituary, they still persist in the numerous biographical descriptions of Alfred Waterhouse which continue to state that he was a pupil of Lane and Alley.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Manchester, EnglandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Moyr Smithc. 18631866Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Richard Knill Freeman1882 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2DNB Dictionary of National Biography