Richard Norman Shaw
Richard Norman Shaw RA (7 May 1831 – 17 November 1912), sometimes known as Norman Shaw, was a British architect who worked from the 1870s to the 1900s, known for his country houses and for commercial buildings. He is considered to be among the greatest of British architects; his influence on architectural style was strongest in the 1880s and 1890s.
Richard Norman Shaw
7 May 1831
Early life and education
Shaw was born 7 May 1831 in Edinburgh. His parents were William Shaw (1780-1833), an Irish Protestant and army officer, and Elizabeth née Brown (1785-1883) of Edinburgh. Shaw was their sixth and last child, his father died 2 years after his birth. Shaw's father left debts. But his mother came from a family of successful lawyers. The family, two children died young and a third in early adulthood. Lived first in Annandale Street and then Haddington Place. Richard was educated at an academy for languages, located at 3 and 5 Hill Street Edinburgh until c.1842. He had one year of formal schooling in Newcastle, followed by being taught by his sister Janet. The eldest surviving child Robert had moved to London to work. The rest of the family followed about 1846, living in Middleton Road, Dalston. Richard start his apprenticeship almost immediately at an unknown architect's practice. By 1849 he had transferred to the London office of sixty year old William Burn. He remained at Burn's practice for five years. He attended the evening lectures on architecture, given at the Royal Academy of Arts by Charles Robert Cockerell. He met William Eden Nesfield at the Royal Academy, with whom he briefly partnered in some architectural designs. In 1854–1856 Shaw travelled with a Royal Academy scholarship, collecting sketches that were published as Architectural Sketches from the Continent, 1858. On his return to London he moved to George Edmund Street.'s practice.
Practice and later life
In 1863, after sixteen years of training, Shaw opened a practice for a short time with Nesfield. In 1872, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy.
Shaw worked, among others, for the artists John Callcott Horsley and George Henry Boughton, and the industrialist Lord Armstrong. He designed large houses such as Cragside, Grim's Dyke, and Chigwell Hall, as well as a series of commercial buildings using a wide range of styles.
Shaw was elected to the Royal Academy in 1877, and co-edited (with Sir Thomas Jackson RA) the 1892 collection of essays, Architecture, a profession or an Art?. He firmly believed it was an art. In later years, Shaw moved to a heavier classical style which influenced the emerging Edwardian Classicism of the early 20th century. Shaw died in London, where he had designed residential buildings in areas such as Pont Street, and public buildings such as New Scotland Yard.
Shaw's early country houses avoided Neo-Gothic and the academic styles, reviving vernacular materials like half timber and hanging tiles, with projecting gables and tall massive chimneys with "inglenooks" for warm seating. Shaw's houses soon attracted the misnomer the "Queen Anne style". As his skills developed, he dropped some of the mannered detailing, his buildings gained in dignity, and acquired an air of serenity and a quiet homely charm which were less conspicuous in his earlier works; half timber construction was more sparingly used, and finally disappeared entirely.
Bedford Park, London
One of Shaw's major commissions was the planning and designing of buildings for Bedford Park, London. Shaw was commissioned in 1877 by Jonathan T. Carr though his involvement only lasted until 1879. He designed St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, as the Anglican parish church for the development.
|Holme Grange School||Wokingham||Berkshire||1883|
|Highdown School||Emmer Green, Reading||Berkshire||1878–80|
|All Saints’ Church, Youlgreave||Youlgreave||Derbyshire||1869 - 1870||Restoration.|
|St Giles' Church||Longstone||Derbyshire||1872-73||Restoration.|
|House of Bethany||St. Clement's Road, Bournemouth||Dorset||1874–75|
|Bannow||Residential Care Home, St Leonards-on-Sea||East Sussex||1877|
|Baldslow Place||St Leonards-on-Sea||East Sussex||1888||Originally the Ebden family home, now Claremont School.|
|Chigwell Hall||Chigwell||Essex||1876||The building is now owned by the Metropolitan Police.|
|St John's Church||Boxmoor||Hertfordshire||1874||Grade II listed church.|
|Alcroft Grange||Tyler Hill, Canterbury||Kent||1880s||Now divided into 4 wings.|
|4 – 6 Page Heath Lane||Bickley||Kent||1864|
|The Corner House||114 Shortlands Road, Beckenham||Kent||1869|
|Bailiff's Cottage||Bromley Palace Estate, Bromley||Kent||1864||Demolished.|
|Town Hall||Market Square, Bromley||Kent||1863||Unexecuted.|
|Albion House||James Street||Liverpool||1896–98|
|1–2 St. James Street||London||1882–83|
|New Zealand Chambers||Leadenhall Street||London||1871–73||Destroyed by enemy action, WWII.|
|Lowther Lodge||Kensington||London||1873–75||Headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society.|
|6 Ellerdale Road||Hampstead||London||Built for himself.|
|8 Melbury Road||Kensington||London||1872–73||Built for painter Marcus Stone.|
|Woodland House||31 Melbury Road, Kensington||London||1876–77||Built for painter Luke Fildes.|
|Swan House||17 Chelsea Embankment||London||1875–77|
|Ellern Mede||31 Totteridge Common, Barnet||London||1877|
|Bedford Park||London||1879–82||The first "garden city" suburban development: housing, including St. Michael and All Angels Church.|
|Albert Hall Mansions||Kensington Gore||London||1879–86|
|Bolney House||Kingston House estate, London Knightsbridge||London||1883||Demolished in the 1960s.|
|Norman Shaw Buildings||Thames Embankment||London||1887–1906||Originally built as the new headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, and the first location to be known as New Scotland Yard. The two buildings are now used as Parliamentary offices.|
|Kate Greenaway House||Frognal||London||1885|
|1 St. James's Street||London||1904|
|Trevanion||Totteridge Lane, Barnet||London||1883–84|
|Piccadilly Hotel||Piccadilly Circus||London||1905–08||His last work.|
|Gatehouse to Banqueting Hall||Jesmond Dene||Newcastle upon Tyne||1869-1870|
|Cragside||Rothbury||Northumberland||1869/1870–1885||The first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity; built for Lord Armstrong.|
|Knight's Bank||Farnham||Surrey||1868||Demolished 1932.|
|Pierrepont and Merrist Wood||Surrey|
|Alderbrook Park||Cranleigh||Surrey||1881||Demolished 1956 - house for Pandeli Ralli.|
|Bannow||St. Leonard's||Sussex||1877–79||Private house, now nursing home.|
|Old School House||Hammerwood, Nr East Grinstead||West Sussex||1872||II||Formerly the village school.|
|White Lodge and White Lodge West||Bingley||West Yorkshire|
|Bradford City Hall extension||Yorkshire||1909|
|Holy Trinity Church||Bingley||Yorkshire||1866–68||Demolished 1974.|
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