Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alfred Walter Saxon Snell
Born: 1860
Died: 8 June 1949
Bio Notes: Alfred Walter Saxon Snell was born in 1860, the second son of London-based hospital architect Henry Saxon Snell. Alfred was articled to his father 1877-80 and studied at University College and the Architectural Association. He was admitted ARIBA on 20 March 1882, his proposers being Lewis Henry Isaacs, Edward Cookworthy Robins and his father, who took him into partnership in the same year. He became FRIBA on 2 March 1891, his proposers being his father, Ernest Turner, and Alfred Williams. A third son, John Saxon Snell, born 1873, joined the practice as an apprentice in 1891 but left to commence independent practice in 1900. Henry Saxon Snell died in January 1904. His son Alfred continued the practice, taking Rees Phillips into partnership in 1921. The work of the firm was mainly connected with public baths, Poor Law infirmaries and similar buildings and hospitals.

He continued to take an active interest in the work of the firm until shortly before the Second World War. He married in 1884 and his wife died shortly after they had celebrated their diamond wedding. They had one son who was killed in action in the 1914-18 war and two daughters. He died on 8 June 1949.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Aperfield, Finchley New Road, Hampstead, London, EnglandPrivate(?)1881 *  
Item 2 of 6Hillcotte, Netherall Terrace, South Hampstead, London, EnglandPrivate(?)1882 *  
Item 3 of 61, Park Road, Wimbledon, London, EnglandPrivate1890 *  
Item 4 of 622, Southampton Buildings, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1890After 1903 
Item 5 of 6Cranford, Cookham Dean, Berkshire, EnglandPrivate1914 *  
Item 6 of 6Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, London, EnglandBusiness(?)Before 1914After 1926 

* 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 3Henry Saxon Snell18771880Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3H Saxon Snell & Son18821904Partner 
Item 3 of 3Saxon Snell & Phillips19211949Partner 

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 3Ernest Godfrey Page18921898Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd18971899Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Bernard Hugh WebbLate 1890s Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Lewis Henry Isaacs20 March 1882for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Edward Cookworthy Robins20 March 1882for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Henry Saxon Snell20 March 1882for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Henry Saxon Snell2 March 1891for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Ernest Turner2 March 1891for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Alfred Williams2 March 1891for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Robert Robb Gall30 November 1903for Associateship
Item 2 of 5George Morrison Hay27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 5George Morrison Hay5 December 1927for Fellowship
Item 4 of 5Andrew MitchellLate 1920 or early 1921for Associateship
Item 5 of 5Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd2 December 1907for 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 31886Montrose AsylumHillside, Montrose AngusScotlandConsulted for selection of design in competition for new hospital block
Item 2 of 3c. 1890Royal Victoria Hospital  MontrealCanada 
Item 3 of 3After 1898South African Mutual Assurance Buildings  Cape TownSouth Africa 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary   
Item 3 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 4 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder15 July 1949v177 p80 - obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalSeptember 1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp507 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v8 p148 (microfiche 33/A4); F v10 p97 (microfiche 109/A2)