Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Watt
Born: 26 October 1897
Died: 1976
Bio Notes: John Watt was born on 26 October 1897 and was articled to James G Falconer in the Oban office of L & J G Falconer in 1914. On completing his apprenticeship in 1921 he moved to Glasgow where he found employment in the office of Eric Alexander Sutherland, enabling him to study at the Glasgow School of Architecture. In 1924 he left to join the County of Banffshire Education Authority, moving again in 1927 to become assistant architect to West Riding County Council. Whilst there he passed the qualifying exam in London in December 1928 and was admitted ARIBA in early 1929, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, and William Harold Watson and Joseph Spain, both of Wakefield.

Thereafter he worked as assistant architect to Warwickshire County Council from 1930 to 1935, as architect to the County Borough of Huddersfield from 1935 to 1946, and as chief architect to the County Borough of Preston from 1946. He was still in the latter post when he was elevated to FRIBA on 8 March 1949, proposed by George Crossley, F Mellor and Frank Reginald Steele.

He died in 1976.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2282, Batley Road, Alverthorpe, Wakefield, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1929 *  
Item 2 of 2Sion Hill/23, Longridge Road, Ribbleton, Preston, Lancashire, EnglandPrivate1949 *  

* 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 7L & J G Falconer19141921ApprenticeIn Oban office
Item 2 of 7Eric Alexander Sutherland19211924Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Banffshire County Education Authority19241927Assistant 
Item 4 of 7West Riding County Architect's Department19271930Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Warwickshire County Council Architect's Department19301935Assistant 
Item 6 of 7County Borough of Huddersfield Architect's Department19351946Architect 
Item 7 of 7County Borough of Preston Surveyor's Department1946After 1949Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6George Crossley8 March 1949for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Thomas Harold HughesEarly 1929for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Frank Mellor8 March 1949for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Joseph SpainEarly 1929for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Frank Reginald Steele8 March 1949for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6William Harold WatsonEarly 1929for Associateship

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 11926All Saints Episcopal churchBuckie BanffshireScotlandHall added


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 no4348 (combined box 9); F no4439 (combined box 14)