Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) Arnold Thornely
Born: 7 October 1870
Died: 1 October 1953
Bio Notes: Arnold Thornely was born on 7 October 1870 and was articled to Francis Usher Holme and George Holme of Liverpool from 1887 to 1891. He remained as assistant, and attended Liverpool School of Art and Liverpool Architectural Society lectures. He worked as assistant to Willink & Thickness in 1891, travelled in France, and passed the qualifying exam in 1893, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA that year. He commenced independent practice in Liverpool in 1898 and later joined Frank Gatley Briggs and Henry Vernon Wolstenholme in partnership as Gatley, Wolstenholme & Thornely.

Thornely was President of the Liverpool Architectural Society in 1910 and 1911. He was knighted in 1933 and received the RIBA Architecture Bronze Medal for Ulster in the same year. Prior to that, on 28 September 1921, Briggs had died. Wolstenholme died in 1936, Thornely continuing to practise alone thereafter.

Thornely died on 1 October 1953.

N.B. This is a skeleton record only, entered in the Dictionary because of Thornely's role in nominating a number of Scottish architects for membership of the RIBA.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 514, Castle Street, Liverpool, EnglandBusiness1893 *  
Item 2 of 551, North St John Street, Liverpool, EnglandBusinessBefore 1907After 1911 
Item 3 of 5612 Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, EnglandBusinessBefore 1914After 1933 
Item 4 of 5The Homestead, Mount Wood, Prenton, EnglandPrivateBefore 1914After 1933 
Item 5 of 5Greystones, Eaton Park Road, Fairmile, Cobham, Surrey, 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 3Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornely1906 Partner 
Item 2 of 3Briggs, Wolstenholme, Hobbs & ThornelyLate 1900s * Partner 
Item 3 of 3Briggs & Thornely1914 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 9William Bell29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 2 of 9David Alston Beveridge20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 9David Alston Beveridge30 November 1925for Fellowship
Item 4 of 9John Henry Dawson1910for Fellowship
Item 5 of 9John Stewart HardieMid 1923for Associateship
Item 6 of 9Peter Dunbar Lawson9 January 1940For Associateship
Item 7 of 9Stewart McLauchlan9 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 8 of 9Stewart McLauchlan30 November 1925for Fellowship
Item 9 of 9Herbert J Rowse5 December 1910for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914