Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Mather Godfrey
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 July 1924
Died: 8 November 1979
Bio Notes: Robert Mather Godfrey was born on 27 July 1924, the son of James Godfrey, ironmoulder, and his wife Magdalene Mather. He was apprenticed to Wilson & Wilson of Falkirk from July 1941 to 1943 while attending part-time classes at the Glasgow School of Architecture. His training was interrupted by war service in 1943-6, when he served as a navigator with the RAF.

In 1946 he returned to Wilson & Wilson as assistant and resumed his studies at the GSA, gaining a silver medallion in June 1949. He then attended Royal Technical College lectures on reinforced concrete and professional practice for a year. He passed the qualifying exam in November 1953 and was admitted ARIBA on 2 February 1954, having been a student member since 1949. His proposers were Alistair Marshall McMichael, Edward Sinclair Bell and Henry Wilson, who described him as 'capable, reliable & well qualified'. By that time or shortly thereafter he returned to Wilson & Wilson as an assistant, and he was taken into partnership in April 1956. He was elected FRIBA on 7 February 1968, proposed by Bell, Robert Scott Morton and Margaret Justin Blanco White.

He died at Glenochil Yard Factory, Menstrie on 8 November 1979, survived by his wife Margaret Lilias Trapp.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Redcroft/87, South Broomage Avenue, Larbert, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate 1979 
Item 2 of 521, Burnhead Road, Larbert, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1950After 1955 
Item 3 of 5Calderwood, South Broomage Avenue, Larbert, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1968 *  
Item 4 of 539, Vicar Street, Falkirk, West Lothian, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19681970s 
Item 5 of 5Arnot Grange, Maggie Wood's Loan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1979  

* 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):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Wilson & Wilson19411943Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Wilson & Wilson19461949Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Wilson & Wilson1954April 1956Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Wilson & WilsonApril 1956After 1975Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell2 February 1954for Associateship
Item 2 of 6(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell7 February 1968for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6(Miss) Margaret Justin Blanco White7 February 1968for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Alastair Marshall McMichael2 February 1954for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Robert Scott Morton7 February 1968for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Henry ('Harry') Wilson2 February 1954for Associateship

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 42After 1956Bowhouse Church of ScotlandGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 2 of 42After 1956Denny & Dunipace Town Centre redevelopmentDenny|Dunipace StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 42After 1956Denny Old Parish ChurchDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 42After 1956Falkirk Royal InfirmaryFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandNew kitchen, pharmacy and stores block, and alterations to boiler house, mortuary and post-mortem accommodation
Item 5 of 42After 1956Five advance factories for Burgh of Denny & DunipaceDenny|Dunipace StirlingshireScotland 
Item 6 of 42After 1956Foundry buildings and officesFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 42After 1956Grangemouth Town HallGrangemouth StirlingshireScotlandFurther extensions
Item 8 of 42After 1956House for J Wotherspoon   Scotland 
Item 9 of 42After 1956House for R Campbell   Scotland 
Item 10 of 42After 1956Housing schemes for Burgh of Denny & DunipaceDenny|Dunipace StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 42After 1956Housing schemes for West Lothian County Council  West LothianScotland 
Item 12 of 42After 1956Housing works for Bridge of AllanBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 42After 1956Larbert Old ChurchLarbert StirlingshireScotlandRepairs
Item 14 of 42After 1956St Michael's Parish ChurchLinlithgow West LothianScotlandRestoration, repair, redecoration and lighting
Item 15 of 42After 1956Territorial and Auxiliary Forces drill hallDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 42After 1956Territorial and Auxiliary Forces drill hallFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandMay have been done after Wilson left the practice
Item 17 of 42After 1956Territorial and Auxiliary Forces drill hallGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 18 of 42After 1956Territorial Army centre, Bog RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 19 of 42After 1956Territorial Army centre, ForthsideStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 421958Country house for J M Lindsay   Scotland 
Item 21 of 421959Airfield 3 housing schemeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 22 of 421961Kirk of the Holy RudeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 23 of 421962Airfield 6 housing schemeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 24 of 421963Airfield 9 housing schemeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 25 of 421963Bowhouse 1st housing schemeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 26 of 421963Cafeteria and tennis changing roomsGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 27 of 421964Bowhouse 3rd housing schemeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 28 of 421964Bowhouse 4th housing schemeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 29 of 421964Bowhouse Community CentreGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 30 of 421964Sports stadium grandstand, Kersiebank AvenueGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 31 of 421965Grangemouth StadiumGrangemouth West LothianScotland 
Item 32 of 421965Nine advance factoriesGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 33 of 421966Bowhouse 6th housing schemeGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 34 of 421966Commercial garageFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 35 of 421966Development of flats over shopsDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 36 of 421966Factory for Whitegates Knitwear, South Lumley StreetGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 37 of 421966Small shopping centre of 6 shops and 12 housesGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 38 of 421967Factories for G B Plastics Ltd  StirlingshireScotland 
Item 39 of 421967Grangemouth Swimming Pool and Sports complexGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 40 of 421967Wholesale warehouse for Renton's of FalkirkFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 41 of 42Before 1968Falkirk Royal InfirmaryFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandAccident and Emergency Block, Outpatient Block and X-ray & Records Department
Item 42 of 421975Christ the King RC ChurchGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp115
Item 2 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no15586 (stored under F5875); F no5875 (combined box 105)