Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Mitchell
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 November 1874
Died: 13 October 1935
Bio Notes: William Mitchell was born on 16 November 1874 and articled to Thomson & Sandilands of Glasgow on 9 May 1890, and remained with them as an assistant for two years after completing his apprenticeship and working on the drawings for Gartloch Asylum. During that period he attended the 'Glasgow Technical Institute', presumably the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College. Thereafter he was assistant to Butterworth & Duncan in Rochdale; Stevenson & Redfern, Lanchester & Rickards, and James Glen Sivewright Gibson of London; [George] Thomas Hine of Nottingham; and William Thomas Mynors Walker of London with whom he remained associated for the greater part of his working life. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Redfern, Walker and [Robert] Douglas Wells, formerly of Stevenson & Redfern's office. At that time he was in the process of building a small house at Cheshunt on his own account. He was already living in Cheshunt, at 2 Mount Pleasant, Turner's Hill, and by 1914 had moved to Goff's Cottage, Church Road in the same town.

At some point Walker took Mitchell in to partnership, and Mitchell continued the practice after Walker's death in 1930. Mitchell died on 3 October 1935.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 22, Mount Pleasant, Turner's Hill, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1912 *  
Item 2 of 2Goff's Cottage, Church Road, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 8Thomson & Sandilands9 May 1890c. 1895Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Thomson & Sandilandsc. 1895c. 1897Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Stevenson & RedfernAfter 1897Before 1908Assistant 
Item 4 of 8George Thomas HineAfter 1897Before 1912Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Butterworth & Duncanc. 1897Before 1912Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 8Lanchester & RickardsAfter 1904Before 1912Assistant 
Item 7 of 8William Thomas Mynors Walker1912 *Before 1930Chief Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Walker & MitchellBefore 1930After 1935Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Harry Redfern (or Henry Redfern)24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Thomas Mynors Walker24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Douglas Wells24 June 1912for Licentiateship

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 21890City of Glasgow District Asylum for Pauper LunaticsGartcosh GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Thomson & Sandilands
Item 2 of 21919Local Government Board competition, design for a tenement   ScotlandPlans for tenement exhibited


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder1 November 1935  p764 - obituary - incorrectly states that he was articled to Honeyman & Keppie (LRIBA paper says Thomson & Sandilands)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal7 December 1935v43London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary, p162 - incorrectly states that he was articled to Honeyman & Keppie (LRIBA paper says Thomson & Sandilands)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v25 no2034