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WAILES, William
William WailesStained glass maker.
Image: Portrait by John Oliphant (c1845) [Shipley Art Gallery]
St Andrew's Church, Church Road [glass]
WALKER, Reginald Beckwith Architect and town planner (MTPI). ARIBA 1922. Partner in Thompson & Walker.
Architect. St Joseph Catholic Church, Elm Grove
Ward & Hughes Stained glass makers. Partnership of Thomas Ward and Henry Hughes formed in 1857 and continuing after Ward's death in 1870. After Hughes' death in 1883 the company became Curtis, Ward and Hughes. Church of St John the Baptist, Church Road [glass]
Holy Trinity Church, Blatchington Road [glass, 1862-64]
Church of St Barnabas, Byron Street* (glass, 1882)
WARR, George Walter FSI
Architect. District surveyor and sanitary inspctor to Southwick Urban District Council and surveyor to Steyning East Rural District Council (c.1909-11). In architectural, surveying and engineering practice in Southwick and then at 22 Ship Street [taking over the offices of Wm Overton by 1929] with his son (George Walter de la Warr, b.1904) and R Hodgson as Geo Warr & Partners. Initiated in the Duke of Richmond masonic lodge 1910. Left £20,209 14s. • 7 Beaconsfield Road [residence 1891]
1 Eldred Avenue (1920)
bungalow in Surrenden Crescent (1924)
10 Tongdean Lane (1927)
WARREN, Edward Prioleau
Architect, born in Clifton, Bristol. Pupil of G F Bodley (whose biography he wrote) and T Garner. Own practice from 1885, he was Master of the Art Workers Guild. Church of the Good Shepherd, Dyke Road (1920-22, 1927)
Stained glass designer. Worked for Pugin but they parted in strained circumstances. The company, taken over by his son, continued for over 70 years. St Andrew's Church, Church Road* [glass]
Alfred WaterhouseArchitect of the Gothic Revival, noted for large-scale public buildings, in particular the use of terracotta. Trained in Manchester. FRIBA 1861.
Image: National Portrait Gallery
Hove Town Hall, Church Road
Metropole Hotel, King's Road
Architect at 153 North Street (1899), 152 North Street (1901), 53 Prudential Buildings, 143-150 North Street (1912). No work identified so far.
WEBB, Philip (Speakman)
Philip WebbArchitect and designer, born in Oxford. Leading light of the Arts & Crafts movement with William Morris; co-founder of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), for which he write the SPAB Manifesto with Morris. Started his own practice in 1858; his early work included the Red House (1859) at Bexleyheath for Morris. In Sussex he notably designed Standen, near East Grinstead, in the Wealden vernacular. He retired in 1901 to Worth, near Crawley, where he died. 23 Second Avenue (additions at rear, 1890)
Peter WebsterArtist and sculptor, taught art at Cardinal Newman School, Upper Drive. His statue of athlete Steve Ovett (1987) in Preston Park was stolen. A second version was installed on Madeira Drive in 2012.
Image: National Portrait Gallery
• Statue of Steve Ovett, Madeira Drive (original 1987, replaced 2012)
• Statue of Max Miller, Pavilion Gardens, New Road (2005)
WEIR, James
Architect. London Road Methodist Church, London Road (1895, 1910)
John Wells-ThorpeArchitect, born in Brighton, graduate of Brighton School of Art and Architecture. RIBA vice-president.
Image: David Robson
Hove Town Hall, Church Road
Church of the Ascension, Hillcrest, Westdene
Brighthelm Church and Community Centre, North Road
WERRY, William John Architect at 29 Kimberley Road. ARIBA 1925.
WESTLAKE, Nathaniel Hubert John
Stained glass designer working the Gothic Revival tradition. He joined the firm of Lavers & Barraud Ecclesiastical Designers in 1858 and was made a partner in 1868, when his name was added to that of the company. He became sole proprietor in 1880, when the firm became knowna s Lavers & Westlake. His last work was above the south-west door of Church of the Sacred Heart and he died in Brighton.
Image: The Catholic Encyclopaedia and its Makers (1917)
St John the Baptist Church, Bristol Road* (wall decorations, 1890-1921)
Church of the Sacred Heart, Norton Road
Architect and surveyor at 1 Church Road (1877-78). • No work identified so far
Architect. Pupil of his architect father, John Whichcord Snr. President RIBA 1879-81. Grand Hotel, King's Road (1854)
Queen's (Markwell's) Hotel, 1 King's Road (1870)
WHINNEY, Thomas Bostock
Architect, own practice from 1885 based in London. FRIBA 1901 (proposers included J A Gotch). Midland Bank (now HSBC, 153 North Street (1902)
Midland Bank (now HSBC), 80 Western Road [attrib, see also J A Gotch]
WILDS, Amon Henry
      Amon Wilds. Initially a carpenter and then builder in Lewes, forming a building firm with his son Amon Henry Wilds there. He lived and practised at 9 Richmond Terrace and is buried in St Nicholas' churchyard.
      Amon Henry Wilds.Son of Amon Wilds. Worked with his father from 1806 to 1823 and in partnership with Charles Busby as Wilds and Busby from then until an acrimonious split in 1825. Pratice at Priory Lodge (1843). Lived at 9 Western Terrace (1848-1851) and then opposite in Gothic House in Western Road. With Rev J N Goulty, his architect son H N Goulty and John Cordy Burrows, he founded the Brighton Extra Mural Cemetery in 1850.
Partial list
3 Ditchling Road
Holy Trinity Church, Ship Street (1817)
Church of St Mary the Virgin, St James's Street
6 King's Road (c1925, now part of Queen's Hotel)
Gothic House, 95-96 Western Road
Hanover Crescent
Park Crescent
Royal Albion Hotel, Old Steine (1826)
Royal Newburgh Assembly Room, Cannon Place
Western Terrace
Bedford Square
Drinking fountain, Extramural Cemetery, Lewes Road
See also Wilds and Busby
Wilds & Busby Partnership of Amon Henry Wilds and Charles Busby from 1823 to 1825, although it is sometimes difficult to attribute work to either or both. They were brought together by Thomas Read Kemp to design Kemp Town. Although still partners when the Brunswick Town scheme began, Wilds pulled out at an early stage. Unitarian Chapel, New Road (1820)
Union Chapel, Union Street (1825)
1-2, 11-14 Crescent Place
5 Pavilion Parade
Marine Square
Wilds & Wilds Partnership of Amon Wilds and Amon Henry Wilds formed in 1806, which lasted until 1823. The Temple, Montpelier Road (1819, now Brighton & Hove High School)
WILLETT, William Snr
WILLETT, William Jr
      William Willett Snr. Apprenticed in 1850 to a stonemason in his birth town, Colchester, and went into business as a monumental mason. An opportunity arose to take over a housing development in Hampstead, London from a bankrupt developer in 1868. From the mid 1870s he started development of the West Brighton estate in Hove and lived at 1 Eaton Gardens (1881). Favoured the Arts & Crafts idiom for his housing. Among the Willetts' in-house architects were H B Measures and J B Tansley. He lived in later years at 64 The Drive, where he died, having retired in 1903. He left £2,790 15s 1d. A Willett family memorial is in the churchyard of St Wulfran's Church, Ovingdean.
William Willett      William Willett Jr. Builder and developer, son of William Willett, developed the family firm's property development activities, diversifying after his father's retirement into up-market estate agency, brickmaking, welding and mining businesses. He was an ardent advocate of daylight saving time, which was introduced two years after his death. A Willett family memorial is in the churchyard of St Wulfran's Church, Ovingdean, although William is buried in Chislehurst. His great-great-grandson is Coldplay singer Chris Martin.
Willett's Lane

51-53, 52-54, 55-60, 63, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 79 The Drive
3 Grand Avenue
12 Grand Avenue
Eaton Gardens
Architect. Royal Spa Nursery School, Park Hill
WILLIAMS, William Frederick
Architect and surveyor, born in Brighton, son of an attorney and solicitor at 14 Grafton Street. Practice at 17 Middle Street (1878-1901). Lived in Carlton Terrace, Portslade (1881), lodging at 33 Westbourne Street (1891). Died in Steyning RD. No work identified so far.
Priest-architect, born in Hackney, London. Previously a solicitor's clerk, who trained in the architectural practice of Newman & Jacques. He trained for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained in 1909. Rector of St Gregory's, Earlsfield, London (1911) but continued his architectural work. He was an admirer of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, settled in Rome and remained there during the war but worked in the Vatican's project to hide Jews and help allied prisoners of war. He died in Rome.
Image: Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia Archive
Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Denis, Church Road, Portslade (1912)
Architect, Started in practice in Kingsbridge, Devon in 1868 but based in Derby by 1883. Noted for nonconformist chapels throughout the country. Holland Road Baptists is regarded as one of his and the period's most important chapels. Holland Road Baptist Chapel and Schoolroom* (1887)
Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road* (1895)
Worked in the architectural practices of John Oldrid Scott and G F Sedding, completing many of the latter's works after Sedding's death. He was founding editor of the Architectural Review, taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and metalwork at the Royal College of Art. Member of the Art Workers' Guild (Master 1917). His work in St Bartholomew's is regarded as among his finest. St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street (fittings 1895-1910)
Architect. Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion Church, North Street (1870-71, demolished 1972)
WIMPERIS, Edmund Walter
Architect. Son of watercolourist Edmund Morison Wimperis and nephew of architect John Thomas Wimperis, in whose practice he qualified in 1889 became a partner by the time of his uncle's retirement in 1896. He became architect to the Grosvenor estate in 1910 and went into partnership with William Begg Simpson in 1913. The partnership won the competition to rebuild Fortnum & Mason in 1924.
Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie Architectural firm of Edmund Wimperis, William Begg Simpson and Leonard Rome Guthrie, founded in 1925 when Guthrie joined Wimperis and Simpson, who had worked together since 1913. The firm's work includes Grosvenor House, Cambridge Theatre and Winfield House, now the official London residence of the US ambassador. Marine Gate was their last major work. Guthrie and Simpson continued in partnership after Wimperis' retirement; they retired respectively in 1953 and 1951. Marine Gate, Marine Drive (1939)
Builder. Queen's (Markwell's) Hotel, 1 King's Road (1870)
23 West Hill Street [residence]
Architect at 34 Ship Street (1912). No work identified so far.
Born Guiting/Moreton, Gloucestershire. Architect and surveyor in Shanklin, Isle of Wight in 1851; moved to Brighton/Hove by 1855. Practice at 70 Ship Street (1856), 17 Prince Albert Street (1864-1875), 2 New Road (1878); lived at the newly-built 26 [renumbered at 39 in 1881] Albany Villas (1856-1897). Holy Trinity Church, Blatchington Road (1862-64)
St Peter's Church, Preston (restoration 1872)
West Hove National School, George Street (1857)
Architect who worked on several Baptist chapels. Montpelier Place Baptist Church (1966, demolished 2017-18).
Architect at 26 Albany Villas (1856). No work identified so far.
WORSFIELD, Alfred Felix de Partmentier Architect at 11 Pavilion Parade and School Hill, Lewes. LRIBA 1930.
WRIGHT, Richard
Architect with an address in Ditchling Road (1839). No work identified so far.
WYBORN, Thomas
Architect and surveyor at 14 King Street (1824). No work identified so far.
WYON, William RA
Architect. Robertson monument, Extramural Cemetery, Lewes Road
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