Basic Biographical Details

Name: Richard Fielding Farrar
Born: 1860
Died: 16 June 1948
Bio Notes: Richard Fielding Farrar was born in 1860 in Brighouse, Yorkshire and was articled to Leeming & Leeming of Halifax in 1877 (RIBA says 1876). He remained as assistant and then as chief assistant responsible for much of the design work of the practice and was credited by his son with the design of Kinloch Castle on Rhum. He was not offered a partnership and belatedly took the qualifying exam in 1902. He was admitted ARIBA on 1 December of the same year, his proposers being the Leemings and John Slater, and commenced practice on his own account in Leeds in 1904.

In independent practice Farrar designed many schools and police stations in the West Riding , including Divisional Headquarters at Wakefield and Selby in collaboration with the County Architect, J Vickers Edwards and was premiated in the first abortive competition for Manchester City Library and Art Gallery.

During the First World War Farrar acted as advisor to a large high explosive concern at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, near Halifax, and did not return to active practice. For many years he served on the Council of the Leeds and Yorkshire Architectural Society as Treasurer.

He died on 16 June 1948.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Brighouse, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1860 Place of birth
Item 2 of 210, Park Row, Leeds, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Leeming & Leeming1877c. 1882ApprenticeRemained as assistant and then later chief assistant
Item 2 of 3Leeming & LeemingAfter 18821904Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Leeming & Leemingc. 1882Before 1904Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1George Herbert FoggittAfter 1903Before 1914Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 51884New Admiralty and War OfficeWhitehall LondonEnglandAs assistant to Leeming & Leeming - though scheme abandoned
Item 2 of 51886Edinburgh Municipal Buildings  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - winning entry, but project subsequently abandoned - as assistant ot Leeming & Leeming
Item 3 of 51897Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotland 
Item 4 of 51906Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotlandPartial remodelling of interior
Item 5 of 51911Manchester Library and Art Gallery Competition  ManchesterEnglandPremiated but scheme was aborted


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalAugust 1948v55London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp477 - obituary