Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Eric Attenburrow Hurcomb
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 November 1902
Died: 1998
Bio Notes: William Eric Attenburrow Hurcomb was born on 16 November 1902. He was articled to James Scott Hay from 10 October 1919 and on the completion of his articles remained with the practice of Hay & Steel as improver and later assistant. From about 1928 he was chief assistant and remained there until starting business on his own account on 30 July 1937.

On 8 May 1940 he joined the architectural staff of ICI to plan and build war factories. He designed offices, canteens, laboratories and sheds during this period for ICI. In August 1945 he left and resumed independent practice. He was elected LRIBA in 1948, proposed by Gabriel Steel, Andrew Graham Henderson and Alfred Hugh Mottram. In his paper he states that he had undertaken a variety of jobs including a number of buildings for the Saxone Shoe Company. In his paper he also states that he had travelled extensively in England and Scotland studying cathedrals, abbeys and domestic work.

In 1950 he was still in practice at Wallace Chambers, Kilmarnock.

He died in Waveney in Suffolk in 1998, his death being registered in June of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business   
Item 2 of 3131, Dundonald Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1948  
Item 3 of 3Wallace Chambers, John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 6James Scott Hay10 October 1919 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6James Scott Hay1920s Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Hay & Steelc. 1928July 1937Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 6James Scott HayEarly 1920s Improver 
Item 5 of 6Hay & Steel1937 * Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd Architectural Staff (ICI)8 May 1940August 1945Architect 

* 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 3Andrew Graham Henderson10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Gabriel Steel10 February 1948For 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 71920sFactory for Saxone Shoe Company LtdKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAs assistant with Hay & Steel. Additions to warehouse and factory.
Item 2 of 71920sOffices and Welfare buildings for Saxone Shoe Company LtdKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandOffices, shops, recreation hall and social club
Item 3 of 71928LisdenGreenholm AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 71930Fenwick Parish ChurchFenwick AyrshireScotlandRestoration after fire. As chief assistant with Hay & Steel.
Item 5 of 71935EvertonGreenholm AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 71935Fire StationKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandThought to have been partly responsible for the design - as assistant to Hay & Steel
Item 7 of 71953Netherthird ChurchCumnock AyrshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 Hurcombe: L no6217 (Combined Box 126)