Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Walker
Born: 1882
Died: 4 January 1953
Bio Notes: Thomas Walker was born in 1882 and articled to James Alison Pearson of Hawick from 1898 to 1901, remaining as assistant until 1903. During that period he attended the 'School of Art and Science', presumably a Hawick outpost of the Department of Science and Art. Thereafter he was an assistant in the offices of Child, Gorman & Ross of Nottingham and Long Eaton in 1904, and of Edward Keynes Purchase of London in 1905, obtaining a place in the Derbyshire County Council Education Committee under the chief architect George Henry Widdows in the latter year. He was promoted to divisional architect in 1908, passed the qualifying exam in 1912 and was admitted ARIBA on 9 June 1913, his proposers being Alison, Widdows and Percy Heylyn Currey of Derby.

In 1919 he was appointed architect to the Education Committee or architect to Northumberland County Council (though it may not have existed as such at this time so this ios doubtful), and in 1921 architect to Wiltshire County Council where he remained until his retirement in 1947. He was elected FRIBA on 18 January 1923, proposed by the same three Fellows who had supported him in his Associateship application.

He died in Devizes & District Hospital on 4 January 1953.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Drumlanrig, Littleover Lane, Old Normanton, Derbyshire, EnglandPrivate(?)1913 *  
Item 2 of 4St Mary's Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, EnglandBusiness(?)1913 *  
Item 3 of 4Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, EnglandPrivate1923 *  
Item 4 of 4Kelham, Wick, Devizes, Wiltshire, EnglandPrivate1953 *  

* 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 9James Pearson AlisonJanuary 18981901Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9James Pearson Alison19021903Assistant 
Item 3 of 9Child, Gorman & Ross19041904 or 1905Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Edward Keynes Purchase19051905Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Derbyshire Education Committee19051908AssistantWorking under George Henry Widdows, chief architect
Item 6 of 9George Henry Widdows19051908AssistantUnder Derbyshire Education Committee
Item 7 of 9Derbyshire Education Committee19081916Divisional Architect 
Item 8 of 9Northumberland County Council Education Architect's Department1919January 1921Architect 
Item 9 of 9Wiltshire County Architect's DepartmentJanuary 19211947Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6James Pearson Alison3 June 1913for Associateship
Item 2 of 6James Pearson Alison18 January 1923for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Percy Heylyn Currey3 June 1913for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Percy Heylyn Currey18 January 1923for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6George Henry Widdows3 June 1913for Associateship
Item 6 of 6George Henry Widdows18 January 1923for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Wiltshire Gazette8 January 1953   

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 v21 no2412 (microfilm reel 21); F no1904 (microfilm reel 16)