Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harold Bayldon Smith
Born: 12 November 1878
Died: 15 December 1962
Bio Notes: Harold Bayldon Smith was born on 12 November 1878, the second son of George William Smith, engineer and architect, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to whom he was articled July 1893-94. The elder Smith had been articled to William Robertson, civil and mining engineer, Glasgow, for five years from 1853. For the last three years of his articles he worked as an assistant engineer with the Caledonian Railway, Hamilton branch. He had emigrated to South Africa to take up a post on the Cape Town Wellington Railway. In about 1884 Smith senior formed a partnership with William Dewar who had recently emigrated from Scotland to South Africa.

In September 1894 Harold Bayldon Smith obtained a place in the office of Steele & Balfour whith whom he continued his apprenticeship, attending evening classes at Glasgow School of Art. In July 1898 he returned to his father's practice, concurrently studying mathematics at St Andrews College, Grahamstown. In about 1900 Harold B Smith's older brother, George Oswald Smith, joined Smith & Dewar and the practice title became Smith Son & Dewar. Harold Smith remained with the practice until September 1902 when he returned to the UK to study architecture in London and travel in England and Scotland.

In June 1903 Smith passed the qualifying examinations and was admitted ARIBA on 30 November 1903, his proposers being William Forrest Salmon, George Bertram Bulmer and John Slater. He then returned to Port Elizabeth. In about 1910 he joined his father, older brother and William Dewar in partnership and the practice title became Smith Sons & Dewar. By 1914 Harold B Smith had returned to the UK and was based at 23 Clare Street, Bristol.

Bayldon Smith died in 1962.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Constitution Hill, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaPrivate1903 *  
Item 2 of 33, Pearson Street, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaBusiness(?)1903  
Item 3 of 323, Clare Street, Bristol, 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 4George William SmithJuly 18931894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Steele & Balfour18941898Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4George William Smith18981899Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Smith Sons & Dewarc. 1910 Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 2 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsAccessed March 2014

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersBook 15Not numbered?