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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry ('Harry') James Lyall Mantell
Born: 11 December 1939
Bio Notes: Henry James Lyall Mantell was born on 11 December 1939 in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, the son of Henry Percy Mantell, superintendent of the African Lakes Corporation Stores, Northern Rhodesia and his wife, Barbara Anne Mantell, a teacher. His early education was through the Salisbury Correspondence School and was supervised by his mother. He later attended a school for European children founded by his mother in Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia but spent one year, 1946-47, in Macduff Infant School. From 1951-57 he attended Banff Academy where he was Dux in Art in 1956.

From 1957-63 he studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen spending two years part-time and four years full-time. He won the Governor’s Prize for Building Construction in 1961. From 1957-58 he worked along with his studies as a trainee with Aberdeen City Architect’s Department. He was awarded the diploma in architecture in 1963. In 1963 he moved to Edinburgh as an assistant with Stanley Ross-Smith & Jamieson. He was elected ARIBA in 1965.

On 3 March 1966 Mantell married Margaret Ollason Stewart. The couple have one son.

Mantell then went to Australia and spent a three-year spell as assistant architect with the New South Wales Public Works Department in Sydney. In Australia he was involved with various siting and design projects associated with New South Wales Country Primary Schools section and with the research and report on the New South Wales country school central lending library project.

In 1969 they returned to the United Kingdom and Mantell took a post as senior architect with Bedfordshire County Architect’s Department where he remained until 1973. He worked on various projects in the Lower School section of the County Architect's Department. During his stay in Bedford, he was, for a time, secretary of the Bedfordshire Association of Architects.

He returned to Banff in 1973 as chief assistant to J J Meldrum, architect and surveyor. He became a partner in 1975 and remained as such until Meldrum’s retirement in 1987 when he became sole principal. The practice specialised in conservation work and were involved in restoration schemes of many buildings in the north of Scotland. Mantell has prepared quinquennial inspections for the National Trust for Scotland on many of their northern properties and carried out similar inspections for private clients of Gordon Castle Tower, Fochabers and Dunecht. From 1987-2007 quinquennial inspections were also carried out for the Church of Scotland and the Episcopal Church.

In 2004 Michael Ritchie joined as partner, the practice title becoming Mantell Ritchie. Mantell retired in 2005 though he remained a consultant for a few years thereafter.

Outwith his professional life, Mantell was chairman of the Banff Round Table from 1977-78. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Banff and was president from 1989-90.

In Banff, he was closely associated with the activities of the Banff Preservation and Heritage Society, serving as a committee member and for a time as treasurer. He was also a member of the Banff Renassance THI Board and was also a Management Committee member of the North-East Scotland Preservation Trust.

Mantell enjoys watercolour and pen and ink sketching, sport and travel. He has presented talks on architectural topics to local organisations and prepared articles for publication.

Particularly following retirement, he has collaborated with others in publications such as 'Banff and Buchan, an Illustrated Architectural Guide' and 'The Book of Banff'. He was also involved in the preparation of books published by the Banff Preservation and Heritage Society including 'Banff Through Time', the second volume of 'St Mary's Kirkyard, Banff' and in 2015, 'The Carved Stones of the Royal Burgh of Banff'.

In 2015, Mantell and his wife moved permanently to live in Edinburgh.

The following are a list of the awards received by Meldrum and Mantell and Mantell Ritchie

1975 Architectural Heritage Year Award.
1975 Saltire Society Award.
1978 Civic Trust Award.
!992 Civic Trust Special Mention (12 North High Street, Portsoy).
2004 Aberdeenshire Design Awards - Highly Commended for Conservation (Banff Castle Ancillary Buildings).
2004 Aberdeenshire Design awards – Commended for Conservation (The Banff Aisle).

The follwing additional qualifications were gained by Mantell:
1998 – RIAS Conservation Accreditation (level 3)
2003 – RIAS Conservation Accreditation (level 4)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 632, Birkdale Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, EnglandPrivate19701973 
Item 2 of 6Flat 2/27, Pemberley Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire, EnglandPrivatec. 1970  
Item 3 of 630, High Street, Banff, BanffshireBusiness19731989From 1989 became home address after conversion until 2015.
Item 4 of 63, George Street, Banff, Banffshire, ScotlandPrivate1974 *1989 
Item 5 of 627A, High Street, Banff, Banffshire, ScotlandBusiness19892005 
Item 6 of 611/33, Western Harbour Midway, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate2015  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)19571959Junior Assistant 
Item 2 of 8Ross-Smith & Jamieson19631969Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Department of Public Works, New South Wales19661969Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Bedfordshire County Architect's Department19691973Senior Architect 
Item 5 of 8John Jeffrey Meldrum19731975Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Meldrum & Mantell19751987Partner 
Item 7 of 8Meldrum & Mantell19872004PartnerSole partner
Item 8 of 8Mantell Ritchie20042005Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 611963Loaningdale Approved SchoolBiggar LanarkshireScotlandAs job architect with Ross-Smith & Jamieson, working on site.
Item 2 of 611966Pleasant Heights Public SchoolWoolongong New South WalesAustraliaAs Assistant Architect with NSW Public Works Department
Item 3 of 611969Biggleswade Registrar's OfficeBiggleswade BedfordshireEnglandAs senior Architect with Bedfordshire County Architect's Department.
Item 4 of 61After 197341-47 High StreetBanff BanffshireScotlandRestoration
Item 5 of 61After 1973Delgatie Castle, forester's cottageTurriff AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 6 of 61After 1973Delgatie Castle, Home Farm SteadingDelgatie AberdeenshireScotlandConversion
Item 7 of 61After 1973Delgaty Castle, East LodgeTurriff AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 8 of 61After 1973Fishing TempleBanff BanffshireScotlandRestoration scheme proposals
Item 9 of 61After 1973Town and Country ClubBanff BanffshireScotlandAlterations
Item 10 of 611975Braco Banking HouseElgin MorayshireScotlandRestoration
Item 11 of 611975Premises, 5a, 7, High StreetElgin MorayshireScotlandRestoration and conversion to flat and shops
Item 12 of 61198029-35 High StreetBanff BanffshireScotlandRestoration, extension and development
Item 13 of 611980St Drostan's RectoryOld Deer, Peterhead AberdeenshireScotlandConversion to hotel
Item 14 of 611982Tombain steadingAberlour BanffshireScotlandConversion and extension of steading
Item 15 of 611985No 26 PennanAberdour AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and extension
Item 16 of 611986Blairmore HouseGlass AberdeenshireScotlandPhased extensions to form rooftop flat and new Arts & Crafts facilities
Item 17 of 611986House, 12 North High StreetPortsoy BanffshireScotlandRestoration of early 18th century house
Item 18 of 611987Church of ScotlandGardenstown BanffshireScotlandExtension- Session Hall
Item 19 of 611990Culvie Home FarmAberchirder BanffshireScotlandRestoration and modernisation
Item 20 of 611990Eden House, South Lodge  AberdeenshireScotlandExtension and alterations
Item 21 of 611991Banff CastleBanff BanffshireScotlandPhased restoration work begun
Item 22 of 611991Biggar FountainBanff BanffshireScotlandConservation and restoration
Item 23 of 611991Market Arch, Royal Coat of Arms and Mercat CrossBanff BanffshireScotlandConservation and restoration
Item 24 of 611991Parish ManseOldmeldrum AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and extensions
Item 25 of 611992Macduff Free ChurchMacduff BanffshireScotlandConversion to Arts Centre
Item 26 of 611994Advocates Hall, Concert Hall and Court  AberdeenScotlandRestoration proposals for library; remedial work and decoration
Item 27 of 611994Duff House  BanffshireScotlandRestoration of Fife Gates
Item 28 of 611995Banff Free ChurchBanff BanffshireScotlandExternal remedial work
Item 29 of 611996Banff CastleBanff BanffshireScotlandAncillary buildings external restoration
Item 30 of 611996Banff Harbour, Quayside BuildingsBanff BanffshireScotlandConversion to dwelling house
Item 31 of 611996Boyne CastlePortsoy BanffshireScotlandBoyne Castle Doocot Project - pre-tender work for restoration of doocot and formation of woodland walks
Item 32 of 611996Castle Fraser  AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and remedial work to stables
Item 33 of 611996St Mary's Parish ChurchBanff BanffshireScotlandKitchen extension
Item 34 of 611997Fordyce CastleFordyce AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and conversion to dwelling house
Item 35 of 611997Haddo HouseHaddo/Methlick AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration and upgrading scheme commenced
Item 36 of 611997House, Church StreetPortsoy BanffshireScotlandRestoration and refurbishment
Item 37 of 611997No 12 The SquarePortsoy BanffshireScotlandPorch addition
Item 38 of 611998Mission hallCrovie BanffshireScotlandRestoration and conversion to dwelling house and studio
Item 39 of 611998St Mary's CottageOrton MorayshireScotlandExtension
Item 40 of 611998St Mary's Old Parish ChurchBanff BanffshireScotlandRestoration of the Banff Aisle, St Mary's Kirkyard
Item 41 of 612000Fordyce Parish ChurchPortsoy BanffshireScotlandAlterations and remedial work
Item 42 of 612001Auchintoul HouseAberchirder BanffshireScotlandAlteration and extension scheme
Item 43 of 612001Banff CastleBanff BanffshireScotlandInterior repairs and redecoration
Item 44 of 612001Banff Free SchoolBanff BanffshireScotlandAlterations and remedial work
Item 45 of 612001Culsalmond Kirkyard, the mort houseCulsalmond AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration - phase 1
Item 46 of 612001Durn HousePortsoy BanffshireScotlandAlterations and remedial work
Item 47 of 612001House and cafeCullen BanffshireScotlandAlterations and remedial work to house and cafe
Item 48 of 612002Cairness House, gatehouseFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotlandRemedial work and extension proposals
Item 49 of 612002Frendraught HouseForgue AberdeenshireScotlandRemedial work
Item 50 of 612003Banff CastleBanff BanffshireScotlandGate lodge refurbishment
Item 51 of 612003Frendraught HouseForgue AberdeenshireScotlandPorch extension
Item 52 of 612003Fyvie Castle and ancillary buildingsFyvie AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration of garden store
Item 53 of 612004Cromdale Outdoor Centre  Inverness-shireScotlandRefurbishment
Item 54 of 612004Druminnor Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration and refurbishment scheme of garden cottage
Item 55 of 612004St Mary's Parish ChurchBanff BanffshireScotlandAlterations for the disabled
Item 56 of 612005Haddo HouseHaddo/Methlick AberdeenshireScotlandDevelopment plan proposals
Item 57 of 612006Methodist ChurchBanff BanffshireScotlandAdvisory work on refurbishment - as consultant
Item 58 of 612006Old Meal MillPeterculter AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration feasibility study - as consultant
Item 59 of 612006Salmon BothyPortsoy BanffshireScotlandRestoration and development proposals - as consultant
Item 60 of 612006St Andrew's Episcopal ChurchBanff BanffshireScotlandAdvisory work on refurbishment- as consultant
Item 61 of 612006St John's Episcopal ChurchLongside AberdeenshireScotlandAdvisory work on refurbishment - as consultant


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp98

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Harry MantellInformation sent via'Contact Us' on DSA website Sent October 2009 and January 2017.


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