Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles William English
Born: 1862
Died: 29 May 1931
Bio Notes: Charles William English was born in 1862 and acquired his training through practical experience with Philip Urlzmann on the Frankfurt Opera House in 1878 and 1879 and through study at the Royal Technical High School in Munich from 1880 to 1882. In 1883 he joined the office of civil engineer John Sturgeon in London to assist in the preparation of designs for compressed air works in Birmingham. He commenced practice on his own account in London the following year. He had undertaken travels prior to this time and continued to thereafter, his tours embracing Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and elsewhere.

English was a brilliant draughtsman and was heavily employed by James Thomson of Dundee on a fee-paid basis to produce large watercolour perspectives. He assisted Alex Koch with 'Academy Architecture' publications from 1889 onwards.

He was admitted LRIBA on 19 December 1910, his proposers being Alfred William Stephens Cross, Paul Waterhouse and Sir William Emerson.

He died on 29 May 1931.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 319, Windsor Road, Denmark Hill, London, EnglandPrivate1910 *  
Item 2 of 3Staple Inn Buildings/335, High Holborn, London, EnglandBusiness1910 *  
Item 3 of 336, Mecklenburg Square, London, EnglandBusiness(?)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 1John Sturgeon18831884Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alfred William Stephens Cross19 December 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) William Emerson19 December 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Paul Waterhouse19 December 1910for 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 1Early 1910sMunicipal buildings and central station  DundeeScotlandLarge watercolour perspectives, prepared for James Thomson on a fee-paid basis


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal8 August 1931v38London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp699

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 v6 no355 (microfilm reel 31)