Thomas Wonnacott

The Dell's Architect, Thomas Wonnacott (1834-1918)

by Mr John Webb, March 2001.

 

In his early life he was a school teacher in Cornwall.

1859

Entered an architectural office when 25 years old. Studied privately and attended lectures by Professor Lewis at University College, London.

1866

Passed Volutary Architectural Examination (Proficiency).

1870

Elected Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A.) on 5 December and read a brief paper on cement concrete.

1876

Elected Fellow of the R.I.B.A. on 28 February.

In his statement attached to his application for election he listed buildings he had designed of a value of £1000 and upwards (the majority being in the Farnham area of Surrey). These included 12 public buildings (non-conformist churches, schools and hotels), 10 houses and shops, and 20 houses or villas, including a villa at Grays for ‘Professor Wallace'. A villa called "Fernlands" (its location is unclear, but it may be Addlestone) is noted as being a "concrete villa illustrated in Builder".

1890

Has an address in Falmouth, Cornwall.

1902

Retired.

1912

His wife died.

1918

Thomas Wonnacott died. Obituaries in Surrey and Hants News 21/11/1918 and R.I.B.A. Journal 1919. He was an active Methodist Lay Preacher and an artist. He left 2 sons (including Ernest William Malpas Wonnacott) and 4 daughters.

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