Voysey's pupils and assistants

During the years in which he ran his own practice, C.F.A. Voysey employed a number of young professional trainees and assistants.

CFA Voysey : a memoir by John Brandon-Jones (Architectural Association, 1957) provides some insight into Voysey's office and his working relationship with his staff. Otherwise, little appears to be recorded on the subject.

The table below derives from a manuscript list made by Voysey in old age, transcribed by John Brandon-Jones and held in the RIBA archives, reference VoC/3/4. The original list does not appear to be in either alphabetical or chronological order. This version has been arranged in alphabetical order of surnames. No distinction is made in the original list between trainees (or "pupils" taking "articles") and assistants.

It should be noted that the list may not be comprehensive. For example, although not included here, Charles Cowles-Voysey is recorded in the Directory of British architects, 1834-1914 (vol.2, p.875) as being an assistant to his father in 1911, having previously been articled to Horace Field and Frederick Moore Simpson.


Key

  • "No." indicates the position of the entry in the Brandon-Jones transcript from which this re-arranged list is derived. The number does not appear in the original list.
  • The column of notes has been compiled for this transcription and does not appear in the original list. References to "the address book" and "the office expense book" refer to Voysey's own address book and expenses book. "DBA" refers to the Directory of British architects, 1834-1914, by Antonia Brodie and others (Continuum, 2001). ARIBA stands for Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (no longer granted to new members, who use the abbreviation RIBA instead); FRIBA is Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (now an honorary designation). In 1905 the RIBA formed a new class for Licentiate members, for whom the suffix was LRIBA. These were architects who could show evidence of competence, without examinations. The class was closed in 1913.

The list

No.NameDateNotes
13A. Bailey1907An Arthur Bailey listed in the address book in Ipswich and in Cobham, Surrey. Arthur Edwin Bailey (1884-?) of East Sussex was LRIBA in 1925. DBA, vol.1, p.85.
6J.E. Bownass1901James Everett Bownass articled to Voysey, 1902-05. ARIBA 1909. Born in Windermere, emigrated to Canada, was killed in action in Belgium, 8th May 1915. London and Windermere entries in the address book. DBA, vol.1, p.231.
4E.F.C. Buckley1902Edward F.C. Buckley. Several London entries in the address book. DBA, vol.1, p.291.
14W.J. Burrows1906Mentioned in the office expense book. Second initial presumed to be an error as Walter F. listed in the address book at several London addresses.
9R.M.C. Carey1900Third initial must be an error. Raymond Marwood-Elton Carey (1883-1975). Several entries in address book, London, Canada, USA. Recorded as practising architect in Canada and USA. Examples of his work.
19L.E. CarrerasNoneMentioned in the office expense book and in the address book at several London addresses.
12H.G. Courtney1907Entries in address book in Dublin and London. References found online (Winchester conservation area strategy, p.132).
20C.C. DurstonNoneMentioned in the office expense book. Two London entries in the address book. Worked for Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments (see para.25).
21G.H. FairtloughNoneGerard H. Fairtlough listed in address book. A Capt. G.H. Fairtlough (1890-1918) was killed in action in France, 13th June 1918. Probate awarded to Francis Colton Annesley.
7C.C. Fox1903Cecil Croker Fox (1879-1916) emigrated to British Columbia and had a successful architectural career there with Maclure & Fox. Killed in action in France, 15th September 1916. More information and example of his work.
31Hector German1905Added later in a different ink. Address book listing for H. German at Streatham Hill, London. See also next entry: same person?
10Herbert German1905See also previous entry: same person? Address book listing for H. German at Streatham Hill, London.
29Miss B. GordonNonePattern designing. Beatrice Gordon listed in the address book in Hong Kong and Surrey.
22O.O. HarrisonNoneOliver O. Harrison. Listed in the address book in London. DBA, vol.1, p.855.
2R.H. Haslam1895Robert Heywood Haslam (1878-1954) followed career as architect & designer. There are several Haslam entries in the address book. Example of his work.
28F.S. HulbertNoneFrank Seymour Hulbert, articled to Voysey 1907-09. ARIBA 1911. Listed in the address book in London. DBA, vol.1, p.974.
23S.E. KnottNoneStanley Knott listed in the address book at Roehampton.
17L. MansfieldNoneLeslie Mansfield (1885-?). Assistant to Voysey. ARIBA 1911. Listed in the address book in London, Kent and Surrey. Commenced independent practice in 1911 in London. DBA, vol.2, p.129. Example of his work.
3Tom Müntzer1899Member of Müntzer family building firm. Extensive involvement with building of Priors Field. Died at the age of 22. See entry for Littleholme on p.12 of The development of Arts & Crafts architecture in St Catherine's, Guildford.
17Stanley ParkerNone(Frederick) Stanley Parker (1876-1946), younger brother of Barry Parker. Craftsman, teacher and furniture designer. See “Voysey connections : Barry & Stanley Parker”, by Mervyn Miller (The Orchard, no.3, 2014).
8W.C. PartridgeNoneNo listing in address book.
11A.T. Philips1904Arthur Todd Phillips (surname mispelt in list) articled to Voysey in 1904 for 3½ years. ARIBA 1912. Entries in address book for Hampstead, Rickmansworth and Harpenden. DBA, vol.2, p.364.
15F.E. RavenscroftNoneFrederick Ernest Briant Ravenscroft (1876-1952), articled to his father William Ravenscroft 1893-97, "improver" with Voysey 1898-1900. LRIBA 1911. Commenced independent practice in Reading in 1905. Listed in the address book in Ealing and Reading. DBA, vol.2, p.438.
1Riley1899No forename given. There is no Riley listed in the address book.
16Herman RosseNone1887-1965. Born in the Netherlands. Listed in the address book in London, Holland and USA. Successful design career in USA.
24N.D. SheffieldNoneNoel Dennis Sheffield (1878-1955). FRIBA 1925. Listed in the address book in London and Reigate. Partner in Stock, Page and Stock, wound up in 1946. DBA, vol.2, p.596.
26R.G.P. SmithNoneListed in the address book in Reading.
25M.E. StahlNoneMax Edward Stahl (1881-?) articled to Hans Price 1903-06, later assistant to Voysey. ARIBA 1908. Mentioned in the office expense book and listed in the address book in London and Weston-super-Mare. DBA, vol.2, p.679.
5H.J. Tovey1902Two London entries in the address book.
30Mrs WalkerNonePattern designing
27N.C. WetherillNoneNewton Charles Wetherilt (surname misspelt in list), described in 1915 as a builder and decorator. Died 1955. Listed in the address book in Hampstead and Kilburn.

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