Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Sharp
Born: 26 May 1859
Died: 25 March 1929
Bio Notes: William Sharp was born on 26 May 1859 in Neilston, Renfrewshire, the third son of William Maxwell Sharp, cotton mill manager, and his wife Mary Smith. He studied at Glasgow School of Art in 1883-4. At that time he gave an address of 212 St Vincent Street, suggesting that he was employed in the practice of Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden. He worked as an assistant in the Glasgow City Surveyor's Department in the years around 1900, and was mainly responsible for the design of Whitevale Street Baths. In 1901 he was living with his wife Helen Prentice in Govan. They had one son at that date.

Sharp remained in the Department rising to the position of City Architect in 1914. He remained in this post until he retired, probably about 1920. He died on 25 March 1929 survived by his wife Helen and his son John.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4121, Hill Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1929 
Item 2 of 4212, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1883 * Address the same as that of Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden, suggesting Sharp was employed in their office
Item 3 of 4Sharpe's Cottage, West Arthurlie Street, Neilston, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1891 The parental home where he was still living in 1891.
Item 4 of 411, Leven Street, Govan, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1900  

* 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 3Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden1883(?) * Assistant(?)Sharp's address matches that of this firm at this date
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)Before 1899After 1902Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)1914Early 1920sChief AssistantDescribed as retired City Architect on the register of deaths, 1929.

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 21896Maryhill Public Baths and WashhousesMaryhill GlasgowScotlandAs assistant in City Surveyor's office and perhaps responsible for the design.
Item 2 of 21899Whitevale Street Baths  GlasgowScotlandMainly responsible for design - in City Surveyor's Department


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register