Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frederick William Meston
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 May 1895
Died: 27 June 1973
Bio Notes: Frederick William Meston was born on 23 May 1895, the son of William Wilson Meston, marine engineer, and his wife, Christina McKenzie. He was articled to George Bennett Mitchell of Aberdeen from February 1910 to September 1914, studying at Aberdeen School of Architecture. He served with the Gordon Highlanders in France from 1914 to 1921, reaching the rank of Captain, but returned to the architectural profession in 1923 as assistant to Gall & Hay in Aberdeen. The following year he left to take up a position as architectural assistant to Lanarkshire Education Authority. In 1926 he commenced practice on his own account, as senior partner in the firm of Meston & Stewart. The identity of Stewart is uncertain but it may have been John S Stewart, Architect to Lanarkshire Education Authority, or more probably John Henry Fraser Stewart, who was presumably John S Stewart's son.

The partnership of Meston & Stewart was dissolved in 1931. Meston moved to London and was appointed Resident Architect to Wandsworth Stadium Group in 1933, working on Wandsworth, Mitcham, Park Royal, Charlton and Walthamstow stadiums. From 1940 he was engaged on war work including factories, ARP structures, canteens, offices and war damage repairs. He was elected a Member of the Institute of Registered Architects in June 1940 and was admitted LRIBA on 16 February 1943, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, John Murray Easton and Joseph Addison.

Meston later returned to Scotland, his last known address being 'Highlands', North Deeside Road, Aboyne. He died on 27 June 1973 at the City Hospital in Aberdeen. He was survived by his wife, Norah Elizabeth Bazeley, and his two daughters, Geraldine Elizabeth Anne Mackenzie Meston (later Duffey) and Patricia Julia Meston.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Highlands/7, North Deeside Road, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate 1973 
Item 2 of 4Wandsworth Stadium Group Ltd, Wandsworth, London, EnglandBusiness19331939 
Item 3 of 4Manor Cottage, Clewer Green, Windsor, Berkshire, EnglandPrivate1943 *  
Item 4 of 430, Clewer Hill Road, Windsor, Berkshire, EnglandBusiness1943 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4George Bennett MitchellFebruary 1910September 1914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Gall & Hay19231924Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Lanarkshire Education Authority Architect's Department19241925 Assistant Architect
Item 4 of 4Meston & Stewart19261931Partner 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Joseph Addison16 February 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Murray Easton16 February 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes16 February 1943for Licentiateship

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 11927Perth AcademyPerth PerthshireScotlandSecond premiated competition design

References

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Nigel Duffey, AustraliaInformation sent via Dictionary website Sent October 2016
Item 2 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5351 (combined box 73) (includes notification of death)