Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Roger Kitsell |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1864 |
|Died: ||1917 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Roger Kitsell was born in 1864, the son of Thomas Kitsell a retired civil servant who worked for the Inland Revenue and whose work must presumably have taken him to Edinburgh for a period of time during the younger Thomas's early years. The younger Thomas was educated at George Watson's College in Edinburgh and Edinburgh University where he attended classes in Fine Art. In 1878 he was articled to Robert Rowand Anderson, remaining as assistant for a further five years after the competition of his articles in 1883. He moved to London to gain wider experience, becoming chief assistant to Howell & Son, and moving thereafter as assistant to John Alfred Gotch of Kettering and then as chief assistant to Charles Edwin Ponting of Marlborough. He sat the qualifying exam in 1891 and was elected ARIBA on 8 June of that year. His proposers were John Alfred Gotch, Charles Henry Howell and James Archibald Morris which suggests that he had already been working for Howell & Son and for Gotch before that date. In 1891 Kitsell appears to have spent time in Weston-super-Mare and in Manchester from addresses (given in his RIBA Nomination Paper?), though it is as yet unclear if these were work addresses or simply residential. He won an RIBA prize for measured drawings of old buildings in 1888 and the Tite Prize in 1892. |
In or before 1893 Kitsell had secured a post with the War Office where he remained for eight years. In 1901 at the relatively late age of thirty-seven he commenced independent practice in Plymouth where he built up a busy practice. In appears that he never retuned to Scotland to work.
He died in 1917.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|9, West Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England||Business||1891 *|| || |
|The Derbys, Manchester Road, Bury, Greater Manchester, England||Business||1891 *|| || |
|17, George Street, Plymouth, Devon, England||Business||1907 *|| || |
|27, Portland Square, Plymouth, Devon, England||Business||1914|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Who's Who in Architecture||1914|| || || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A v11, p93 (microfiche 49/B4)|