Basic Biographical Details

Name: Niven Wigglesworth & Falkner
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1900
Ended: 1903 or 1909
Bio Notes: In 1893 David Barclay Niven entered into partnership with another Scottish-trained architect, Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth, who had been articled to Alexander Marshall Mackenzie in Aberdeen and was shortly to become brother-in-law on Niven's marriage to his sister Sarah. By 1895 the practice was obtaining major domestic commissions, and by 1900 when Niven became FRIBA and had visited the USA, the office moved to Gwydir Chambers, 104 High Holborn. In that year Niven moved house to Farnham, Surrey, and took into partnership a brilliant draughtsman of the F L Griggs school, Harold Falkner. Born in Farnham on 28 November 1875, Falkner was a well-off pupil of Reginald Blomfield who had commenced practice there in 1896. The practice title became Niven, Wigglesworth & Falkner, but the full name was not always used for business outwith Surrey. Falkner's sometimes wayward arts-and-crafts habits of business at Farnham soon created problems, and the partnership was effectively dissolved in 1903, although the practice title of Niven, Wigglesworth & Falkner was used in Surrey up until 1906 and survived as late as 1909. Except for a brief period in partnership with a Niven & Wigglesworth pupil, Guy Maxwell Aylwin, from 1927 onwards, Falkner thereafter practised alone in Farnham in ever-increasingly autocratic eccentricity until his death on 30 November 1963; Niven and Wigglesworth, meanwhile, continued to work in partnership as before.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Farnham, Surrey, EnglandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2David Barclay Niven19001903PartnerPartnership dissolved in 1903 but name continued to be used until as late as 1909
Item 2 of 2Harold Falkner19001903PartnerPartnership dissolved in 1903 but name continued to be used until as late as 1909

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 3c. 1907Hardwick HouseNottingham NottinghamshireEnglandReconstruction and redecoration
Item 2 of 3c. 1907Millhanger  Sussex?England 
Item 3 of 3c. 1908House near FarnhamFarnham (near) SurreyEngland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Osmond, Sam2003Harold Falkner: More than an Arts & Crafts Architect   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Andrew BradfordInformation sent to David Walker Sent 2017
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Frank KelsallInformation sent to Dictionary Further research by Frank Kelsall
Item 3 of 3Courtesy of Sarah Wigglesworth, granddaughter of Herbert Hardy WigglesworthInformation sent to David Walker Sent 2017