Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Harrison Townsend
Designation: Architect, Designer
Born: 13 May 1851
Died: 26 December 1928
Bio Notes: Charles Harrison Townsend was born in Birkenhead on 13 May 1851 and died in Northwood, Middlesex on 26 December 1928. He was educated at Birkenhead School and articled to the Liverpool architect Walter Scott (c1811-75) in 1870. With his family Townsend moved to London in 1880 and was initially associated with William Eden Nesfield but by 1883 he was working for Thomas Lewis Banks (c1842-1920) with whom he entered partnership in 1884. He was practising on his own account in 1888 and in the same year he was elected a Fellow of the RIBA and a member of the Art Workers’ Guild . He was to maintain ties with both throughout his career. He arranged Guild trips to northern Europe and northern Italy, gathering information on mosaics on which he lectured and wrote extensively. As an architect, Townsend is best known for the Horniman Museum and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, designer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1London, EnglandPrivate/business18801928 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, designer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Walter Scott1870 Apprentice 


RIBA Proposals

This architect, designer proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Sydney Spooner1906For Fellowship


Bibliographic References

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