Basic Biographical Details

Name: Anthony Salvin
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 October 1799
Died: 12 1881
Bio Notes: Anthony Salvin was born at Worthing on 17 October 1799, the son of Captain Anthony Salvin of the 33rd Regiment of Foot and his second wife Eliza Mills. When his father was recalled for military service in 1802, Anthony was placed first with his grandfather at Willington, Durham and with a Mills aunt, Marianne, who married as his second wife the Rev William Nesfield who became Rector of Brancepeth. This introduced Salvin to the Rector's son by his first marriage the future gardener William Andrews Nesfield. Although Captain Salvin, now a Lieutanant Colonel, had intended his son to join the army, Anthony became a pupil of the Edinburgh architect John Paterson who had commenced the repair and remodelling of Brancepeth Castle in 1818. Thereafter his architectural career progressed rapidly. He moved with William Andrews Nesfield to London where they took lodgings and Salvin, after an unsuccessful introduction to Soane, found some employment with John Nash, became acquainted with Augustus Charles Pugin, and was influenced by George Stanley Repton. He began exhibiting at the RA in 1823 and was admitted FSA in March 1824. He obtained his first major commission, Mamhead in 1826 enabling him to marry W A Nesfield's sister Anne. He was elected FIBA on 25 April 1836 his proposers being Peter Frederick Robinson, Henry Edward Kendall, Charles Fowler and Ambrose Poynter.

Mamhead quickly led to a long series of major country house commissions including extensive alterations in the Outer Ward of Windsor Castle in 1857-1866. He also had an extensive university practice in Durham and Cambridge, and to a much lesser degree Oxford. He received the Royal Gold Medal in 1862, mainly for his restoration work and new buildings at the Tower of London which was completed after his death by Sir John Taylor.

In his later years Salvin was assisted by his son Anthony Salvin, Junior, born 23 July 1827. By the late 1870s ill health had forced him to retire, and infirmity compelled his father to retire and close the practice in 1879. Anthony Junior died on 25 July 1881 and Anthony Senior on 17 December, both at Worthing.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 120, Argyll Street, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1851After 1853 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Patersonc. 1820   

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4John Loughborough PearsonMarch 1842 Assistant 
Item 2 of 4William Eden Nesfield18531856Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Frederick Richard Wilson1854 Site Architect 
Item 4 of 4William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)18681871Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Charles Fowler25 April 1836FIBA
Item 2 of 4Henry Edward Kendall25 April 1836FIBA
Item 3 of 4Ambrose Poynter25 April 1836FIBA
Item 4 of 4Peter Frederick Robinson25 April 1836for Fellowship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 31831Harlaxton Manor  LincolnshireEngland 
Item 2 of 31856Holy Trinity ChurchDarlington County DurhamEnglandOriginal church
Item 3 of 31877Inveraray CastleInveraray ArgyllScotlandProposed remodelling; scheme reduced to bedrooms in the attics and conical roofs at the towers


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Allibone, Jill Anthony Salvin: pioneer of Gothic Revival Architecture   
Item 2 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder31 December 1881   
Item 2 of 5Building News23 December 1881   
Item 3 of 5Building News30 December 1881   
Item 4 of 5Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries1882  p121
Item 5 of 5RIBA Journal1881 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp59