Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Sidey
Born: 22 March 1877
Bio Notes: John Sidey was born on 22 March 1877 and articled to James Graham Fairley in Edinburgh from late 1893 to 1896, remaining with him as improver until 1897. During this period he studied at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art under Robert Rowand Anderson, gaining several prizes and passing the diploma with distinction. He spent time sketching and measuring Dunkeld Cathedral at the end of 1897 and in 1898 joined William Hamilton Beattie's firm of George Beattie & Son as junior assistant, being promoted to full assistant the following year. Whilst with Beattie he assisted with the North British Hotel project, remaining after Beattie's death with his partner Andrew Robb Scott to work on the North Bridge buildings and the extension of Jenners department store until the end of 1901. In 1902 he moved to York as assistant to Walter Henry Brierley and remained with him until 1904 when he moved to Exeter as assistant to the Devon County Education Architect, Percy Morris. He was still with Morris when he was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being Brierley, Morris and James Crocker of Exeter, an event which probably marked the commencement of independent practice from his home address at 2 Bystock Terrace, Exeter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 21, Richmond Road, Exeter, Devon, EnglandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 22, Bystock Terrace, Exeter, Devon, EnglandPrivate/businessBefore 1911After 1914 

* 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 7James Graham FairleyLate 1893Late 1896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7James Graham FairleyLate 1896Late 1897Improver 
Item 3 of 7George Beattie & Son18981900Assistant 
Item 4 of 7George Beattie & Son19001901Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Walter Henry Brierley19021904Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Devon County Education Committee, Architect's Department1904After 1911Chief AssistantWorking under Percy Morris, County Education Architect
Item 7 of 7Percy Morris1904After 1911Chief AssistantIn Devon County Education Committee Architect's Department


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Walter Henry Brierley20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Crocker20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Percy Morris20 March 1911for Licentiateship

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 41898New North Bridge Buildings  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Beattie
Item 2 of 41898North British Railway Hotel  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Beattie
Item 3 of 41898Royal Insurance Offices  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Beattie
Item 4 of 4After 1898HotelGullane East LothianScotlandAs assistant to Beattie


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 L v15 no1022