Chronology

 

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Both Voysey's known executed buildings and his unexecuted architectural projects are included in this chronology.

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1857CFA Voysey born on 28th May to the Reverend Charles Voysey and Frances Maria Voysey at Kingston College, Hessle in Yorkshire.
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1864Charles Voysey appointed vicar of Healaugh near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, church now called St John the Baptist.
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1869Charles Voysey prosecuted for heresy by Archbishop William Thomson and loses his case at the Chancellor's Court of the Diocese of York.
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1871Charles Voysey was finally deprived of his living following hearings at the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, moved the family to Dulwich in south London and founded the Theistic Church in Swallow Street, off Regent Street in Mayfair.
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1872CFA Voysey attended Dulwich College for 18 months, then completed his education under a private tutor.
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187411th May, articled to the Gothic Revivalist architect John Pollard Seddon (1827-1906); worked on country churches and learned the art of decorative design.
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1877Started taking own commissions for minor house alterations and surveys.
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1879Went to work for Henry Saxon Snell (1830-1904), who specialised in the design of hospitals and charitable institutions.
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1880Joined office of George Devey (1820-86), an active member of the Theistic Church who specialised in the design of country houses.
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1881Set up own practice at 8 Queen Anne's Gate, London.
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188225th March, moved office to Broadway Chambers, Westminster, apparently with cousin Richard Annesley Ellison Voysey [see also 1884].
 
Unexecuted projects:
  • (1882-84) competition for Admiralty Buildings behind Whitehall [Voysey's design was unplaced. No record appears to have survived. The award was given to Messrs Leaning & Leaning].
  • (1882-84) design for the South Devon Sanatorium Company, Teignmouth, Devon [Theuerkauf archive].
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1883Began to design wallpapers and textiles, at the suggestion of A.H. Mackmurdo (1851-1942). First design sold to Jeffrey & Co.
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1884Elected (5th December) as a member of the Art Workers' Guild, founded in April of the same year.
Partnership with cousin Richard Annesley Ellison Voysey dissolved on 1st February. They had been trading as "Voysey and Voysey" architects and surveyors at Broadway Chambers.
 
Unexecuted projects:
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188524th June, first home and office at 7 Blandford Road, Bedford Park, London; 30th July married Mary Maria Evans.
 
Unexecuted projects:
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188824th June, moved home and office to 'Staumoor', 17 Tierney Road, Streatham Hill, London.
 
Exhibited at the first exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Designed first complete built work: The Cottage in Bishop's Itchington near Warwick for M.H.J. Lakin [Theuerkauf archive].
 
Unexecuted projects:
  • (c.1888-89) house at 14 South Parade, Bedford Park, London, for Mrs J.W. Forster [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
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1889 Exhibited at the second exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Unexecuted projects:
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1890 Designs exhibited by others at the third exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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189125th March, moved home and office to 11, Melina Place, St John's Wood, London.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1892 Unexecuted projects:
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1893The Studio magazine launched: Voysey illustrated the cover.
 
Exhibited at the fourth exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Work exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago).
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1894Completed projects:
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1895Blue plaqueMoved home and office to 6 Carlton Hill, St John's Wood, London. There is a blue plaque on this site.
 
Part of sub-committee responsible for arranging Art Workers' Guild, First Exhibition.
 
Began designing for Tomkinson Carpets of Kidderminster.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1896 Member of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society (ACES) and its committee and exhibited at the fifth ACES exhibition at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Completed projects:
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1897Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1898Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1899Set up office 23 York Place, Baker Street, near Marylebone Station.
 
Member of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society (ACES) and its committee and exhibited at the sixth ACES exhibition at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
  • house at Sandwich, Kent, for A.D. Blyth.
  • house at Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, for Dr Alexander Bowie [RIBA ; V&A ; Theuerkauf archive].
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1900Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, Arts & Crafts Exhibition, 'Metalwork'.
 
Work exhibited at Exposition universelle (Paris).
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1901Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
  • two semi-detached cottages at Madresfield Court, near Malvern, Worcestershire, for the Earl Beauchamp [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
  • house at Cuttycroft, Malvern, Worcestershire, for N.J. Peyton [reference: H. Muthesius, Landhaus und Garten (1907), p.157 (north & south elevations)].
  • design for Lincoln Grammar School, for Frank Harding Chambers [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
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1902Work exhibited at Prima Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Decorativa Moderna (the First International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Arts, Turin).
 
Joined an Art Workers' Guild group visit to the Netherlands, his first overseas trip.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1903 Member of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society (ACES) and its committee and exhibited at the seventh ACES exhibition at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1904Work exhibited at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (informally known as the St Louis World's Fair). Voysey was on the exhibition subcommittee for selecting "original objects of art workmanship" (Karen Livingstone et al, CFA Voysey : arts & crafts designer (2016), p.286).
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1905Exhibited at Art Workers' Guild, Third Exhibition.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
  • house at Alderley Edge, Woodbrook, Cheshire, for A. Heyworth [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
  • house at Ashintully, Tyringham, Mass., USA, for Mrs Tytus [Theuerkauf archive].
  • small house at Cobham, Surrey, for W. Leighton Grane.
  • cottage at Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, for Mr Fensom.
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1906Published Reason as a basis of art (full text available (PDF, 2.5MB), reproduced with permission from the copy owned by Exeter University Library)
 
Exhibited at the eighth exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at The Grafton Gallery, Bond Street, London.
 
Work exhibited at the New Zealand International Exhibition (Christchurch).
 
Joined a second Art Workers' Guild group visit to the Netherlands.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
  • house at Gray's Park, Stoke Poges, near Slough, Buckinghamshire, for Joseph Hatton [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
  • three cottages on the corner of Eldon Street & Langham Road at Blackburn, Lancashire, for the executors of Eli Heyworth [reference: British architect, vol.67 (1907), pp.387 & 388].
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1907Completed projects:
  • two houses in Finchley Road, Hampstead, London, for Vernon Hart [built but destroyed by enemy action about 1940 according to John Brandon-Jones in the Black Book; reference : British architect, vol.68 (1907), p.148].
Unexecuted projects:
  • bungalow at Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, for S. Claridge Turner [Theuerkauf archive].
  • house at Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, for S. Claridge Turner [RIBA ; V&A ; Theuerkauf archive].
  • (c.1907-08) offices of the Essex & Suffolk Equitable Insurance Society, High Street, Colchester, Essex [unexecuted design for altering the existing building; reference : British architect, vol.69 (1908), p.334].
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1908 Exhibited at the Franco-British exhibition at the White City, London.
 
Completed projects:
  • Iron grille with inscription on tomb of 1853 dedicated to Ada Augusta Lovelace, wife of the Earl of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron, in Kirkby Mallory churchyard, Leicestershire, and repairs to church [photograph].
Unexecuted projects:
  • house at Frinton-on-Sea, for S. Claridge Turner [RIBA].
  • house at Frinton-on-Sea, for S. Claridge Turner [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
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1909Founding member of the Imperial Arts League (for which he later served on its Council) and of the Design Club.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1910 Exhibited at the ninth exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1911Completed projects:
  • House (also known as Voysey House or Dallas) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for Robert Hetherington [Theuerkauf archive].
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1912Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
  • village hall, Porlock, Somerset [Theuerkauf archive].
  • two designs for a country cottage for a Country life architects' competition [references : British architect, vol.78 (1912), p.426; & vol.79 (1913), p.84].
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1913Moved office to 25 Dover Street, then on 30th July to 10 New Square, Lincoln's Inn.
 
Work exhibited at Exposition universelle et internationale (Ghent).
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
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1914 Exhibited at the exhibition of British Arts and Crafts organised by the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society in Paris.
 
Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
  • house at Ashmonsworth, near Newbury, Berkshire, for Arthur à Beckett Terrell [Theuerkauf archive].
  • house at Thatcham Cold Ash, Berkshire, for H. Tingey [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
  • house at Wilmslow, Cheshire, for his brother Ellison Voysey.
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1915Published Individuality.
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1916Exhibited at the eleventh exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at the Royal Academy, London.
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1917Moved home and office to flat at 73 St James's Street, off Piccadilly.
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1918Sought work from textile manufacturer Alexander Morton owing to "terrible plight" financially.
 
Unexecuted projects:
  • pair of cottages for Mrs Cazelet [references : British architect, vol.89 (1918), p.45; Builder, vol.115 (1918), p.158].
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1919Designs included in the War Memorials Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
 
Completed projects:
  • conversion of coach house into cottage, Haslington Cottage at Malvern Wells, now called Cob Nash, for Major G.A. Porter [photograph © Kenneth M. Walker];
  • alterations and additions to Hambledon Hurst, The Green, Hambledon, Surrey, for A.H. van Gruisen.
  • War memorial in Malvern Wells, Worcestershire [War Memorials Online].
Unexecuted projects:
  • two cottages at Bradfield, Berkshire, for G.B. Simonds [Theuerkauf archive].
  • cottages at Alderley Edge, Cheshire, for A. Heyworth [reference : Builder, vol.117 (1919), p.164].
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1920Completed projects:
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1921Completed projects: Unexecuted projects:
  • pedestal for Peruvian National Memorial.
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1922Unexecuted projects:
  • house at Jihlava (Helenthal Iglau), Czech Republic, for Karl Löwe [Theuerkauf archive].
  • house at St Nicholas-at-Wade, Isle of Thanet, Kent, for Tom Jones.
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1923Unexecuted projects:
  • two tower blocks (for flats) for the Devonshire House site, Westminster, London [RIBA ; Theuerkauf archive].
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1924 Elected Master of the Art Workers' Guild.
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1926Unexecuted projects:
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1927 An important series of articles on Voysey were published in The Architect and building news (vol.117): ‘C.F.A. Voysey: the man and his work’, in five parts. Full text available.
 
Dinner given in honour of Voysey's 70th birthday by the President and Council of the RIBA, with award of a certificate.
 
Unexecuted projects:
  • competition entry for a Town Hall at Wimbledon, Middlesex [the competition was won by Bradshaw, Gass & Hope].
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1928 Exhibited at the fourteenth exhibition of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society at The New Gallery, 121 Regent Street, London.
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1929 Elected Fellow of the RIBA (PDF, 22KB), on the nomination of RIBA Council.
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1930Unexecuted projects:
  • competition entry for a stand for Vanesta Ltd at the Building Trades Exhibition, Manchester.
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1931Exhibition of work at Batsford Gallery (full transcription available, PDF, 91KB) under auspices of Architectural review; article on Voysey in same journal by John Betjeman (full text available).
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1932Unexecuted projects:
  • bungalow in South Africa, for Lady Diana Gibb and Macdonald Clark.
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1933Unexecuted projects:
  • competition entry for a Manchester exhibition hall.
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1936Awarded title of Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts.
 
Unexecuted projects:
  • house at Hampstead, off The Bishop's Avenue, Camden, for Robert Donat.
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1940Awarded Gold Medal of Royal Institute of British Architects.
 
Moved to live near son Charles Cowles-Voysey in Winchester.
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1941Died on 12th February in Winchester. Ashes scattered at Golders Green Crematorium.
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Page last amended 17th July 2019