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Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Arthur Frank Shapley |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||7 December 1908 |
|Died: ||20 June 2012 |
|Bio Notes: ||Arthur Frank Shapley was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire on 7 December 1908, the son of Francis Charles Shapley, cabinetmaker and his wife Edith Emily Franklin. He was articled to J C Hunter of Ardrossan in 1925, studying at Ardrossan Academy where he took the building science course. He took the certificate course at Glasgow School of Architecture and was admitted an Associate of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and of the Faculty of Architects & Surveyors. He returned to Ardrossan and bought the practice from J C Hunter who was on the point of retiring. He formed a partnership with Alex W G Black and together they commenced practice as Black & Shapley in Ardrossan on 21 July 1932. Shapley was admitted LRIBA in early 1943, his proposers being Jack Antonio Coia, George Hunter Gardner-McLean and Gabriel Steel. |
Shapley married Isabella Borland Miller on 25 June 1936 and they had three children, Isbel Scott, Edith Franklin, and Adrian. During the war years Shapley was seconded to ICI and worked in Dalbeatty, Annan and Carlisle are was involved in the construction of munitions factories. After the war he returned to practice in Ardrossan with Alex Black and they undertook a variety of commissions in the North Ayrshire area, including many Local Authority housing schemes.
In February 1962 after the end of the partnership, Shapley and his wife moved to Bournemouth and went into the hotel business. They continued this successfully for a number of years until the property was compulsorily purchased for a road widening scheme in 1968. He returned to architecture after this and went to work for a Reading-based consultancy at Winfrith AERE in Dorset. He retired in 1974.
In his private life Shapley is a devotee of all things to do with Robert Burns. He remains a keen member of the Bournemouth Caledonian Society and was a past President. Until 2007 he gave the address to the haggis at the Burns Suppers at his church and local masonic lodge. He is also an excellent watercolourist.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|15, Barr Street, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland||Business||1943 *|| || |
|Knockrivoch, Glencairn Street, Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland||Private||1943 *||After 1950|| |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|J C Hunter||1925||1928(?)||Apprentice|| |
|Black & Shapley||1933||1962||Partner|| |
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1933||Fire Station||Ardrossan|| ||Ayrshire||Scotland|| |
|1953||North Parish Church and hall||Saltcoats|| ||Ayrshire||Scotland||Hall church built under Postwar Church Extension Scheme|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Information from Arthur Shapley per Adrian Shapley||Information via website|| ||Sent December 2008.|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no5419 (combined box 78)|
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