Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Bell
Born: 1881
Bio Notes: William Bell was born in 1881 and articled to Barbour & Bowie in 1898, remaining for a year as assistant after completing his apprenticeship. He became assistant to Edwin Bush of Preston in 1903, moving to the office of George W Richardson of Wakefield later that year and to that of Frederick Ernest Pearce Edwards in 1904. He left Edwards in 1906 to work for G H Elliot of Bradford, returning to Edwards in 1908. He passed the qualifying exam in 1909 and in the same year joined the Dundee City Architects Office as assistant to James Thomson. He commenced independent practice in Wakefield in 1910. He was admitted ARIBA on 29 November 1909, his proposers being Edwards, Arnold Thornely and John McLintock Bowie.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Preston Hall, Annan, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1907 *  
Item 2 of 412, Lawside Road, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1909 *  
Item 3 of 462, Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness(?)1914 *  
Item 4 of 429, Eldon Terrace, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate(?)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 8Barbour & Bowie18981902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Barbour & Bowie19021903Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Edwin Bush19031903Assistant 
Item 4 of 8George W Richardson19031904Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Frederick Ernest Pearce Edwards19041906Assistant 
Item 6 of 8G H Elliot19061907Assistant 
Item 7 of 8Frederick Ernest Pearce Edwards19081909Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Dundee City Architect's Department19091910Assistant 

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 1Mitchell Crichton KayAfter 1914 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John McLintock Bowie29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Frederick Ernest Pearce Edwards29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Arnold Thornely29 November 1909for Associateship

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 21900(?)Comlongon Castle and mansion houseComlongon DumfriesshireScotlandDrawings, as apprentice/assistant to Barbour & Bowie
Item 2 of 21901Wyseby Mains Farmhouse and SteadingKirkpatrick-Fleming DumfriesshireScotlandLarge farm building complex added


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 v18 p100 (microfilm reel 20)