Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Ernest Elcock
Designation: Architect
Born: September 1878
Died: 1944
Bio Notes: Charles Ernest Elcock was born in Belfast in 1878 into a Quaker family. He was educated at Bootham School, York, and attended the Belfast Technical College from 1895-96 before serving his articles with J J Phillips & Son of Belfast from 1896-1901. During this time he also attended classes at the Belfast School of Art and in 1900 won the School's Lanyon Travelling Studentship; he was also awarded a South Kensington scholarship.

In 1901 Elcock left Belfast to work as an assistant to Sir John James Burnet in Glasgow, where he remained until 1905, after which he spent a year as chief assistant to Matear & Simon in Liverpool. From 1906 or 1907 until 1912 he was in practice in Colwyn Bay in in partnership with J.M. Porter, and from 1912 in Manchester, in partnership with John Brooke. Brooke died in 1914 but Elcock appears to have continued the Manchester practice until at least 1919 before moving to London.

Elcock became a Licentiate of RIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being J J Burnet, H A Matear and J B Gass and a Fellow on 12 December 1912 when his proposers were J J Burnet, H A Matear and John Brooke

In 1923 Elcock took Frederick Sutcliffe (1891-1958) into partnership. Sutcliffe had previously served his articles with Elcock (Porter and Elcock?) and had worked as a senior assistant to Rudolph Maximilian Butler in Dublin. Elcock and Sutcliffe rapidly established a flourishing practice, specializing in hospital design with commissions throughout the United Kingdom.

Elcock died in 1944 and Sutcliffe died on 22 September 1958.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 8Glasgow, Scotland 19011905 
Item 2 of 8Liverpool, England 19051906 
Item 3 of 8Estate Office, Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, WalesBusiness19071912J M Porter and Elcock
Item 4 of 8Swarthmoor, Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, WalesPrivate1912  
Item 5 of 818, Exchange Street, Manchester, EnglandBusiness19121914John Brooke & Elcock
Item 6 of 8178 , Oxford Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, EnglandBusiness1915(?)1919John Brooke & Elcock
Item 7 of 8York, Yorkshire, England 19201923 
Item 8 of 8London, EnglandBusiness1923 In partnership with Frederick Sutcliffe

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 4(Sir) John James Burnet19011905Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Matear & Simon19051906Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Porter & Elcockc. 19071912Partner 
Item 4 of 4John Brooke1912c. 1919Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Manuel (junior)1910 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4John Brooke1912For FRIBA
Item 2 of 4(Sir) John James Burnet1911&1912For LRIBA and FRIBA
Item 3 of 4John Bradshaw Gass1911For LRIBA
Item 4 of 4Huon Arthur Matear1911&1912For LRIBA and FRIBA

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 11925Daily Telegraph Building  LondonEnglandIn association with Sir John James Burnet and Son


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder28 April 1944  p345 - obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalMay 1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp258. Sutcliffe obituary