Basic Biographical Details

Name: Walter Henry Woodroffe
Designation: Architect
Born: 1861
Died: 12 December 1946
Bio Notes: Walter Henry Woodroffe was born in 1861 and studied at the Architectural Schools, South Kensington from 1879 until 1881 when he was articled to Henry Jarvis & Son in 1881, remaining with them as their clerk. In 1886 he became clerk to John James Stevenson and continued his studies at the Royal Academy Schools and University College. He passed the qualifying exam in 1887 and commenced independent practice in Southwark in the same year. He was admitted ARIBA on 9 April 1888, his proposers being Henry Jarvis Jnr, Henry Louis Florence and and Lewis Henry Isaacs of Isaacs & Florence.

In January 1888 the practice moved to 18 (from April 1888 24) Great Dover Street. In 1906 when the practice had returned to Southwark and was based at Town Hall Chambers, Woodroffe was admitted FRIBA, his proposers being the City of London surveyor Edmund Woodthorpe, Leomard Stokes and William Campbell Jones. He was then living at Chesney Wold, Purley Downs, Surrey. By 1914 the practice had moved back to central London, first at 51 Lincoln's Inn Fields and in the 1920s at 5 Bedford Row. His son Norman Frederic Woodroffe, born in 1891, was a partner from 1921. The practice was based on surveyorships of several large estates.

Walter Henry Woodroffe died on 12 December 1946.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 618, Great Diver Street, London, EnglandBusinessc. March 1888 *  
Item 2 of 624, Great Dover Street, London, EnglandBusinessApril 1888 *  
Item 3 of 6Town Hall Chambers, Southwark, London, EnglandBusiness1906 *  
Item 4 of 651, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1906After 1914 
Item 5 of 6Chesney Wold, Purley Downs, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1914 *  
Item 6 of 65, Bedford Row, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1920  

* 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 4Henry Jarvis & Son1881 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Henry Jarvis & Sonc. 1885 Clerk 
Item 3 of 4John James Stevenson1886 Clerk 
Item 4 of 4Woodroffe & Son1921 Partner 

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 3Walter William Bull18911897Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Walter William Bull18971907Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 3David ColvilleNovember 1906March 1910Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Henry Louis Florence9 April 1888for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Lewis Henry Isaacs9 April 1888for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Henry Jarvis (junior)9 April 1888for Associateship
Item 4 of 6William Campbell Jones1906for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Leonard Aloysius Scott Stokes1906for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Edmund Woodthorpe1906for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1David Colville12 June 1911for Associateship

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 21914Burgie House and Burgie Lodge  MorayshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 2 of 21914Knockomie  MorayshireScotlandArts and crafts addition to and partial reconstruction of villa


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal29 January 1947v54London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp202 - obituary