Basic Biographical Details

Name: Swash & Bain
Born: c. 1893
Died: 1905
Bio Notes: John Bain was born in 1868. He was articled to William Lawrie of Matthews & Lawrie in Inverness from 1883, remaining there after the firm was taken over by John Hinton Gall in 1887. During that time he studied at the Government School of Design in Inverness. On completing his apprenticeship in 1888 he moved to Edinburgh for experience with Blanc & Gordon, returning to Inverness as head draughtsman to Ross & Macbeth in 1889. The following year he spent a month sketching in Belgium, and in 1891 he moved to the office of Sextus Dyball in London where he passed the qualifying exam in March 1892. He was admitted ARIBA on 13 June that year, his proposers being Charles Henry Driver, William Wimble and Robert Pledge Notley, all of London. He had recently spent a week studying late Gothic architecture in Oxford.

In 1893 he won the competition for the Durham Road Schools, Newport, Monmouthshire with Alfred Swash (born 1860), a Welsh architect who had served his apprenticeship with Habershon, Pite & Fawckner in Newport and had remained as an assistant. How Swash and Bain had met is unclear, but they then entered into partnership, practising as Messrs Swash & Bain at Midland Bank Chambers, Newport, Monmouthshire. Bain was elected FRIBA on 11 June 1900, proposed by Arthur Beresford Pite and the RIBA Council. His partnership with Swash was dissolved in 1905, and thereafter he practised alone, Swash retaining the partnership's office at Midland Bank Chambers.

Private and Business Addresses

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 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Midland Bank Chambers, Newport, Monmouthshire, WalesPrivateBefore 19001905 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

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 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Bainc. 18931905Partner 
Item 2 of 2Alfred Swashc. 18931905Partner 

Buildings and Designs

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 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11893Durham Road SchoolsNewport MonmouthshireWalesWon competition


Bibliographic References

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Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914