Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Sesom-Hiley
Designation: Architect
Born: 1861
Died: 26 March 1931
Bio Notes: Henry Seson-Hiley was born in 1861 and first was an assistant to the resident architect William Frame in the Bute estate office at Cardiff. He was admitted LRIBA in 1911 and subsequently became resident architect to the Marquis of Bute carrying out major works on Cardiff Castle and on the consolidation of the other castles on the Bute estate notably at Caerphilly. He does not appear to have been significantly employed on the Scottish estates but in the early 1920s Sir John Burnet brought him into his Glasgow office of Burnet, Son & Dick to assist with the woodwork of Glasgow University Chapel because of his experience in the Cardiff workshops.

Sesom-Hiley later spent three years on the staff of the Architect and Housing Administrator in connection with the London County Council's housing scheme at Bellingham. He was also principal archtectural assistant to the engineer, Wandsworth Boorough Council for three years. Although an active member of the Architectural Association, Sesom-Hiley allowed his licentiateship to lapse in 1920. He was readmitted as Fellow in 1925.

Sesom-Hiley died on 26 March 1931.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Bute Estate Office, Cardiff, WalesBusinessBefore 1911Early 1920s 
Item 2 of 3London, EnglandBusinessAfter 1927(?)  
Item 3 of 3Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessEarly 1920sAfter 1927(?) 

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 2William Frame1911(?) * AssistantIn Bute Estate office at Cardiff
Item 2 of 2Burnet, Son & Dickc. 1923 Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1c. 1923University of Glasgow, War Memorial Chapel and Arts BuildingGilmorehill GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Burnet Son & Dick on woodwork in chapel


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder28 March 1931   
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal2 May 1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp468 Obituary