Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hicks & Charlewood
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1888
Bio Notes: William Searle Hicks was born in 1849 and was a great nephew of Sir Charles Barry. In 1866 he was articled to the Newcastle architects Thomas Austin & Robert James Johnson who had bought John Dobson's practice in the previous year. In or about 1875 Austin died and Johnson took Hicks into partnership, the practice title then becoming Austin, Johnson & Hicks, but in 1882 this partnership was dissolved.

In 1885 Hicks took his brother-in-law Henry Clement Charlewood into partnership. Born on 15 May 1853 at Kinoulton Nottinghamshire, Charlewood was educated at Marlborough College and articled to Joseph Stretch Crowther in 1874-78. In 1879 he travelled in Italy, thereafter gaining further experience in the offices of George Tunstal Redmayne and John William Alexander of Middlesborough from 1880. He passed the qualifying exam early in 1888 and was admitted ARIBA on 11 June, his proposers being Thomas Worthington, Redmayne, and John Holden.

Hicks died at Gosforth on 21 November 1902. He never sought membership of the RIBA, but was architect to the diocese of Newcastle and president of the Northern Architectural Association in 1891-92. The practice was continued by Charlesworth who took Hick's son, Henry Leicester Hicks, (born 1881/82) into partnership in 1908, the younger Hicks having passed the qualifying exam in the previous year.

Charlewood was president of the Northern Architectural Association in 1910-11. He retired in 1916 and moved to Somerset, the practice being continued by the younger Hicks and Charlewood's own son, George Edward Charlewood.

Charlewood died at Beckenham, Kent, on 3 August 1943.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness1865 *  
Item 2 of 442, Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness1888 *  
Item 3 of 467, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness1902 *  
Item 4 of 44, Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Clement Charlewood  Partner 
Item 2 of 3William Searle Hicks1880s Partner 
Item 3 of 3Edward Cratney1898 Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 11893MacPherson Memorial FountainBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914