Basic Biographical Details

Name: Percy Richard Morley Horder
Designation: Architect
Born: 1870
Died: 1944
Bio Notes: Percy Richard Morley Horder was born in 1870 in Torquay, the son of Rev William Garrett Horder, a Congregationalist hymnologist. He was educated at the City of London School and articled to Messrs Devy & Williams (George Devey and James Williams). He commenced independent practice in 1895. He formed a partnership with James Williams from that year, practising on his own thereafter this was dissolved until 1919 when he formed a partnership with Briant Alfred Poulter which lasted until 1925. The following year he formed a third partnership with Verner O Rees which was terminated in 1929.

Morley Horder was elected FRIBA on 4 January 1904, his proposers being C E Mallows, E G Dawber and W H Seth-Smith.

His works include 52-54 Brook Street London, (1896-7); the houses Moonhill, Cuckfield, Sussex (1902) and Greystock in Warwick (1905); a number of Congregational churches including his father's at Ealing Green (1911), those at Queen's Avenue, Muswell Hill (1900), Bushey, Hertfordshire(1904), Penge and Brondesbury Park both in London (1911). He also designed Cheshunt (Congregational) College in Cambridge. He undertook a variety of domestic commissions in Surrey, Sussex and Dorset. There is some evidence that he designed a church or an extension to a church in Thurso, but as yet this has not been confirmed.

After the First World War he designed the School of Tropical Medicine in partnership with Verner O Rees. After 1919 Horder designed shops for Boots the Chemist (at Bristol, Lincoln, Windsor Brighton and Regent Street, London. Through his friedship with Sir Jesse Boot he obtained the commission to design the buildings at University College, Nottingham from 1922-28. He also designed the house for David Lloyd George At Walton Heath, Surrey. It was through a friendship with an influential client, Sir Tollemache Sinclair, that he obtained his one Scottish commission, the chancel extension to the Episcopal church in Thurso. However, there is documentary evidence to support this attribution.

Morley Horder died in 1944.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 499, Bond Street, London, EnglandBusiness1894  
Item 2 of 46, Hamilton Terrace, London, EnglandPrivate1903 *  
Item 3 of 4148, New Bond Street, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1903After 1914 
Item 4 of 43, Arlington Street, London, EnglandBusiness1917 *  

* 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 1George Devey1890s(?) Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Edward Guy Dawber4 January 1904For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Charles Edward Mallows4 January 1904For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3William Howard Seth-Smith4 January 1904For Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary