Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Hewitson MacKeith
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 May 1898
Died: 1980
Bio Notes: Charles Hewitson MacKeith was born on 23 May 1898 and was articled to Charles Turnbull Ewing of Crieff from 1913 until 1917, studying at Blackpool St Anne's Schools of Art and Technical College. He then served with the Royal Garrison Artillery in the First World War, after which he took up a post as chief assistant with Albert Winstanley in St Anne's-on-Sea followed by a spell with James (?) Lewis of Blackpool and in 1928 became assistant architect to the Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens Company. In 1932 he became a junior partner with J C Derham's practice, also in Blackpool and when Derham died in 1936 he became architect to Blackpool Tower Winter Gardens Company and principal of the practice which appears to have retained the name Derham MacKeith & Partners. MacKeith was elected FRIBA on 23 June 1946, his proposers being Sir Charles Reilly, H T Jackson and Francis L Lumb.

In 1950 MacKeith was working for MacKeith Dickinson & Partners and was President of the Blackpool & Fylde Architectural Society. He rremained in the same practice until 1979. He died in 1980, his death registered between October and December 1980.

In 1939-1940 Thomas McKeith [sic] was working from Drummond Street, Comrie, Perthshire and was presumably a relative, despite the different spelling which may well be an error in one of the sources. At that date he was a member of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3199, Newton Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, EnglandPrivate1946 *  
Item 2 of 397, Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, EnglandBusiness1946 *1960 
Item 3 of 34, South King Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, EnglandBusiness19601979 

* 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 4Charles Turnbull Ewing19131917Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Albert Winstanley19191928Assistant 
Item 3 of 4James Lewis19281932Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Derham, MacKeith & Partners19321936Junior Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Harold Thomas Jackson23 June 1946for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Francis L Lumb23 June 1946for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Charles Herbert Reilly23 June 1946for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1938The RIBA Kalendar 1938-1939 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no4182 (box 33)