Basic Biographical Details

Name: Sandy & Norris
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1920
Ended: 7 January 1922
Bio Notes: A short-lived partnership between Henry Thomas Sandy (1868-1922) and Ernest Bower Norris (1889-1969) which was terminated by Sandy’s unexpected death on 16 January 1922. Sandy and Norris practised in partnership in Stafford and in Birmingham as" Sandy and Norris, "and in Manchester as "Hill Sandy and Norris" (qv). Norris appears to have closed Sandy’s Birmingham office and opened a London office in the inter-war period

Between March 1920 and March 1921 Sandy and Norris employed Norval Rowallan Paxton (qv) as their chief draughtsman. Possibly with an over-inflated sense of his own importance, he later described his role in Sandy and Norris's office as “manager and chief,” claiming to have been entirely responsible in this brief period for the “design and execution of many churches, war memorials, convents and schools, the most important being the Church of the English Martyrs at Sparkhill, Birmingham and the Church of St John, Rochdale, Lancashire,” two of the most important Roman Catholic churches of the 1920s but not completed some until some years later. He also claimed t have been offered a partership by Sandy & Norris but had declined because of poor health.

While the partnership had ended, the practice names continued, Ernest Bower Norris working on his own account in Stafford under the style of “Sandy and Norris” until his death in 1969. while in Manchester he practised under the style of Hill, Sandy and Norris (qv) later in partnership with F M Reynolds until 1946.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 422, Greengate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, EnglandBusiness1920  
Item 2 of 4Birmingham, EnglandBusiness1920 Branch office closed by Norris at some stage following the death of Sandy
Item 3 of 49, Albert Square, Manchester, EnglandBusiness19201946Under the style "Hill Sandy and Norris"
Item 4 of 4London, EnglandBusinessc. 1925 London office opened by EB Norris

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 4Henry Thomas Sandy192016 January 1922PartnerPartnership ended by death of Sandy
Item 2 of 4Ernest Bower Norris192016 January 1922PartnerFirm continued by Norris alone until 1969
Item 3 of 4Norval Rowallan Paxton20 March 192020 March 1921Chief Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 4Alexander Wentworth Varcoe19361938Assistant 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1 Manchester Architects 1800-1940 Including provisional list of works