Basic Biographical Details

Name: Steel & King
Born: January 1905
Died: February 1910
Bio Notes: John Forrest (or Forrester?) Steel (generally known simply as John Steel) was born in Wishaw in 1874, the son of Thomas Steel. He was educated at Cambusnethan School and St John's Grammar School, Hamilton. He was articled to W H Howie & H D Walton of Glasgow from 1891 to 1896, attending classes at Hamilton Academy and Glasgow School of Art where he obtained a free studentship. At the end of his articles in 1896 he became an assistant in the office of Dykes & Robertson, but in 1897 he succeeded in obtaining a place in the office of Niven & Wigglesworth in London, remaining there until 1900 when he spent a year with Hall-Jones & Cummings. These posts enabled him to study for five years at the RA Schools and obtain its diploma. At some point before 1901 he seems to have worked for the Wishaw architect Alexander Hinshelwood but by that year he was certainly in independent practice there.

In January 1905 Steel formed a partnership with the younger John King. King had been born in 1880 and articled to John Campbell McKellar from 1897 to 1902, working under the supervision of George Gunn and attending classes at Glasgow School of Art. At the end of his apprenticeship he had joined the office of George Penrose Kennedy Young in Perth where he worked under Young's son, Cedric Young, who had been trained in the office of John Burnet & Son of Glasgow. He had remained there until commencing independent practice in partnership with Steel.

The partnership of Steel & King was dissolved by mutual consent in February 1910, Steel and King practising separately thereafter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

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 2John KingJanuary 1905February 1910Partner 
Item 2 of 2John Forrest Steel (or John Forrester Steel?)January 1905February 1910Partner 

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 71908Double Villa, Kennedy StreetWishaw LanarkshireScotlandWithin the period of the partnership but apparently alone
Item 2 of 71908Masonic Temple (Lodge St Mary Coltness no 31)Wishaw LanarkshireScotlandKing claims in his Nomination Paper that he alone was responsible for this. Steel also claims it was his.
Item 3 of 71908Villa in Kennedy StreetWishaw LanarkshireScotlandWithin the period of the partnership but apparently alone
Item 4 of 71908Villa in Manse RoadWishaw LanarkshireScotlandWithin the period of the partnership but apparently alone
Item 5 of 71910VillaHonley, Huddersfield YorkshireEnglandBeing built
Item 6 of 7Before 1910High SchoolWishaw LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 7 of 7Before 1910Netherton Elementary SchoolNetherton LanarkshireScotland 


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