Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Saunders Addenbrooke
Born: 1861 or 1862
Bio Notes: Joseph Saunders Addenbrooke was born in 1861 or 1862 and was articled to Joseph Gardner of Folkestone from 21 August 1879, attending local classes in construction and science and spending his free time sketching and drawing the Gothic churches of Kent. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1883 he moved to London to join the office of John Thomas Bressey as junior assistant. He returned to Folkestone the following year as principal assistant to Andrew Bromley, commencing practice on his own account there after only six months. He was admitted ARIBA in the same year, 1884.

In 1885 Addenbrooke secured an appointment as District Surveyor for the Royal Engineers at Plymouth. In 1887 he became District Surveyor and Division Officer of the Royal Engineers at Sheerness, and he subsequently worked as District Surveyor of Ceylon from 1889 to 1893, of York from 1893 to 1900, of Chatham from 1900 to 1903, and again of Ceylon from 1903 to 1907. In 1907 he joined the Irish Command at Dublin as a superintendent of works, and from 1912 he fulfilled the same position for the Scottish Command in Edinburgh. He served in France during the First World War from 1915 to 1917, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and being awarded an OBE for his service. When hostilities had ceased, he returned to the Scottish Command, finally leaving its service in 1924, presumably in order to retire.

Addenbrooke was admitted FRIBA on 19 March 1928, at the age of sixty-five, proposed by Harold Ogle Tarbolton, John Keppie and the RIBA Council. At that time his address was 13 Cluny Place, Edinburgh.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 10Folkestone, Kent, EnglandBusiness18841885 
Item 2 of 10Plymouth, Devon, EnglandBusiness18851887 
Item 3 of 10Sheerness, Kent, EnglandBusiness18871889 
Item 4 of 10Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, unBusiness18891893 
Item 5 of 10York, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness18931900 
Item 6 of 10Chatham, Kent, EnglandBusiness19001903 
Item 7 of 10Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, unBusiness19031907 
Item 8 of 10Dublin, EireBusiness19071912 
Item 9 of 10Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19121924With the exception of war service in France
Item 10 of 1013, Cluny Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1927 *  

* 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 4Joseph Gardner21 August 18791883Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Thomas Bressey18831884Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Andrew Bromley18841884Principal Assistant 
Item 4 of 4War Department Scottish Command Architects' Department19121924 In Edinburgh office; with the exception of war service in France


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Keppie19 March 1928for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3RIBA Council19 March 1928for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Harold Ogle Tarbolton19 March 1928for Fellowship

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 1After 1914Jordanhill Teacher Training CollegeJordanhill GlasgowScotlandConversion of partially executed College into (temporary) war hospital (cost: 27,000) - for Scottish Command


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 v9 (microfiche 35/B5); F no2557 (box 8)