Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alfred Hessel Tiltman
Born: 1854
Died: 7 July 1910
Bio Notes: Alfred Hessell Tiltman was born in 1854 and articled to Jeffery and Skiller of Hastings in 1872. In 1875 he moved to London as an improver with William Milford Teulon, and then to Henry Shaw and to Benjamin Tabberer as assistant, enabling him to study at the RA Schools from 1876. In that year he moved to the office of Rowland Plumbe for approximately two years, followed by six months' travel in France and a further six in the office of Edward William Godwin. He commenced independent practice at 22 Great James Street, Bedford Row in 1878 and was admitted ARIBA on 27 January 1879, his proposers being Teulon, Plumbe and the hospital architect Henry Saxon Snell. In 1880 he went into partnership with an older architect who had commenced practice in 1878, Edward Eldon Deane (born c. 1852), who had been articled to Sheard and Hanstock of Batley in 1868 and had been an assistant to Edward Middleton Barry and George Edmund Street. Deane was admitted ARIBA on 9 January 1882, his proposers being Lewis Henry Isaacs and Henry Louis Florence. The practice seems to have been in some difficulty and did not last; Tiltman took a job as lecturer in Architecture at the School of Estate Management in 1882 and, probably after the break-up of the partnership, Deane allowed his associateship to lapse. Although Tiltman was admitted FRIBA on 19 November 1888, his proposers being Plumbe, James Brooks and Edward Cookworthy Robins, the practice had an unsettled history, moving four times before Tiltman died on 7 July 1910. It was largely dependent for business on competitions mainly for hospitals and public baths (Harper records it as being successful in eight before 1900), and seems to have been famed as a demanding office in which to work.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 722, Great James Street, Bedford Row, London, EnglandBusiness1878  
Item 2 of 75, Bloomsbury Street, London, EnglandPrivate/business1880 *  
Item 3 of 77, John Street, Bedford Row, London, EnglandPrivate/businessBefore 1883After 1885 
Item 4 of 770, Torrington Square, London, EnglandPrivate/businessBefore 1888After 1894 
Item 5 of 76, John Street, Bedford Row, London, EnglandPrivate/businessBefore 18971900 
Item 6 of 751, Russell Square, London, EnglandPrivate/business1900After 1901 
Item 7 of 72 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, London, EnglandPrivate/business1909 *  

* 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 7Jeffery & Skiller18721875Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7William Milford Teulon18751875 or 1876Improver 
Item 3 of 7Henry Shaw1875 or 18761875 or 1876Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Benjamin Tabberer1875 or 18761876Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Rowland Plumbe18761878Senior AssistantManaging Assistant
Item 6 of 7Edward William Godwin18781878Assistant 
Item 7 of 7A H Tiltman & E E Deane1880Before 1886(?)Partner 

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 5Henry Philip Burke Downingc. 1881(?)Before 1888Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Elmsly InglisAfter 1887Before 1910Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Francis Roland FosterAfter 1898Before 1908Assistant 
Item 4 of 5James William Crawfordc. 1899c. 1902Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 5Percy Erskine Nobbs19021903Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6James Brooks19 November 1888for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Rowland Plumbe27 January 1879for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Rowland Plumbe19 November 1888for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Edward Cookworthy Robins19 November 1888for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Henry Saxon Snell27 January 1879for Associateship
Item 6 of 6William Milford Teulon27 January 1879for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Andrew MintyMid 1901for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Percy Erskine Nobbs28 February 1910for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Taylor Scott12 January 1891for Fellowship

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 21900Eastern District Hospital  GlasgowScotlandPlaced third in competition but was awarded commission (see Notes)
Item 2 of 21900Glasgow Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful. Placed second by assessor


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder16 July 1910v99 pp80-1 - obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal1910v17London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp798 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v6 p44 (microfiche 24/C3); F v9 p20 (microfiche 104/A3)