Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ernest Frederick Tew
Born: 2 July 1905
Died: 29 December 1981
Bio Notes: Ernest Frederick Tew was born on 2 July 1905 and was articled to Alexander Nisbet Paterson from 1922 to 1927, attending the diploma course at the Glasgow School of Architecture from 1924. He remained with Paterson for a further three years as assistant whilst completing his studies at the School of Architecture, although for reasons that have yet to be established he did not receive his diploma until 1936.

In 1930 he moved to Birkenhead to work as assistant to Birkenhead Corporation. He subsequently moved to Exeter as assistant to the city architect in 1934; to Nottingham as assistant to Heazell & Sons in 1935; to Blackburn as assistant to Blackburn Corporation in 1936; and to Bristol as assistant to the city architect in 1939. He was admitted ARIBA on 19 June of the latter year, his proposers being Paterson, Thomas Harold Hughes and Thomas Edgar Eccles, having passed the professional practice exam in Edinburgh in July 1937. His only known travels abroad prior to his admittance as ARIBA involved a tour of Norway, Sweden and Denmark in 1938.

During the Second World War he was in charge of two War Damage Repair Departments - in Bristol in 1941 and 1942, and in Bath from 1942 to 1945. He commenced private practice in Bath in 1945, and was elected FRIBA in 1951, having been involved mainly in restoration and rebuilding work in the intervening six years. His proposers were J Nelson Meredith, Hugh Bankart and W Smailum.

In 1960 Tew served as President of the Wessex Federal Society of Architects. He pratised in Bath at this time. He died there on 29 December 1981, leaving a widow, Mrs I C Tew.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Old College Farm, Mellor Brook, nr Blackburn, Lancashire, EnglandPrivate1939 *  
Item 2 of 49, Lansdown Place West, Bath, Somerset, EnglandPrivate1951 *  
Item 3 of 49, Northumberland Buildings, Bath, EnglandBusiness(?)Before 1951After 1960 
Item 4 of 411, Belmont, Bath, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1970 *  

* 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 9Alexander Nisbet Paterson19221927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Alexander Nisbet Paterson19271930Assistant 
Item 3 of 9Birkenhead Corporation Architect's Department19301933Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Exeter City Architect's Department19341935Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Heazell & Sons19351936Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Blackburn Corporation Architect's Department19361939Assistant 
Item 7 of 9Bristol City Architect's Department19391941Assistant 
Item 8 of 9War Damage Repair Department19411942Chief ArchitectIn Bristol office
Item 9 of 9War Damage Repair Department19421945Chief ArchitectIn Bath office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Hugh Bankart11 December 1951For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Thomas Edgar Eccles19 June 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Thomas Harold Hughes19 June 1939for Associateship
Item 4 of 6John Nelson Meredith11 December 1951For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Alexander Nisbet Paterson19 June 1939for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Terence Walter Snailum11 December 1951For Fellowship


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 no7219 (stored under F4672, combined box 28); F no4672 (combined box 28)