Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Victor Ashley
Born: 1872
Died: 1945
Bio Notes: Henry Victor Ashley was born in 1872 in Edmonton, North London, and educated at the Merchant Taylors' School. He commenced his articles with William Dunn in 1889, remaining as assistant for a time after completing his apprenticeship. He subsequently acted as assistant to Frank Thomas Baggallay, John Belcher, Dunn & Watson, William Flockhart, Howard Ince, James MacLaren, Walter John Nash Millard, Thomas Edward Pryce and William James Walker.

He commenced independent practice in 1896 at 66 Conduit Street, London, but during the early years of his practice he continued to assist temporarily both in the offices where he had served previously, and in others including those of Robert Rowand Anderson, Robert Stodart Lorimer and J P Morris of Ayr. He later moved his office to 50 Berners Street and then to 14 Gray's Inn Square. His practice was mainly domestic but also included water towers and bridges, and he entered a number of competitions for public buildings. In 1907 he formed a partnership with Francis Winton Newman (born 1878), and their designs were placed fourth in the competition for the Lambeth Municipal Buildings, second for those at Bromley, and first for the Council House Extension and Art Gallery at Birmingham in that year, for which they were awarded the commission.

He died in 1945.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 666, Conduit Street, London, EnglandBusiness1896  
Item 2 of 650, Berners Street, London, EnglandBusinessAfter 1896Before 1907 
Item 3 of 610, Gray's Inn Square, London, EnglandBusiness(?)1904  
Item 4 of 68, Douglas Mansions, Hampstead, London, EnglandPrivate1907 *  
Item 5 of 614, Gray's Inn Square, London, EnglandBusiness1907After 1926 
Item 6 of 61, The Wilderness, Hampstead, London, EnglandPrivate1914 *  

* 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 8William Dunn1889Before 1896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Francis Thomas Baggallay (or Frank Thomas Baggallay)After 1892Before 1896Assistant 
Item 3 of 8John BelcherAfter 1892Before 1896Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Dunn & WatsonAfter 1892Before 1896Assistant 
Item 5 of 8William FlockhartAfter 1892Before 1896Assistant 
Item 6 of 8James Howard InceAfter 1892Before 1896Assistant 
Item 7 of 8James Marjoribanks MacLarenAfter 1892Before 1896Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Ashley & Newman1907 Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Robert Atkinson7 June 1915for Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Frederick Edward Bradshaw MacManus18 January 1944for 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 11907Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandUnsucessful competition design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Anderson, W J The Architecture of the Renaissance in Italy   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder1945v175 p113 - obituary

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 F v18 p151 no1349 (microfilm reel 12)