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CHATTERTON, Frederick

Born: 1871
Died: 1934

Architect



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Was the editor of Specification and also of 'Who's Who in Architecture' (1923). Born in London and trained in England, Chatterton was articled to JL Lee in March 1989 for three years, remaining a further year as assistant. He then served as assistant to JT Micklethwaite, Surveyor of Westminster Abbey, and to Somers Clarke, Surveyor of St Paul's Cathedral. In July 1894 he became a student at the Royal Academy Architectural School, London, and assisted at the Bedford Estate Office. He proceeded to the posts of assistant to Newman & Jacques from 1894 to 1895 and to Marshall & Vickers from April to October 1895. In 1896 he carried out work for Clement Scott at the Camden Art School and premises in Caledonian Rd. He was elected an Associate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1896 while living in London. In 1904 he came to South Africa, arriving in Natal. Shortly after his arrival he delivered a lecture: 'Maritzburg architecture: what it is and what it might be' (SAMBF Jnl Sep 1904:45?-48) in which he was critical of what he considered to be local pretensions in preferring 'miserable stucco over honest brick', this in particular reference to the Natal Government Railways building (Loop St). Chatterton worked in Pietermaritzburg for a time where he was responsible for the design of St Patrick's Church, Victoria St, illustrated in 'The Builder' (Aug 1905:183); the church was built between 1908 and 1910 (Hillebrand 1975:163). Around 1905 he moved to Pretoria where he 'built some houses and a warehouse' (RIBA Jnl 1 Jul 1934:889), not yet identified. TG ELLIS was a pupil in his Pretoria office. About 1906 Chatterton returned to London where he opened an office. Ellis joined Chatterton here in 1907; details of Chatterton's London practice were given in his obituaries. In 1909 he was appointed lecturer in Building Construction and Quantities in the architectural school attached to the Egyptian Government School of Engineering at Giza near Cairo; he remained in Egypt for ten years. He worked for the Public Works Department in Cairo from 1912 to 1919 and married in Egypt. In 1919 he returned to London to become the editor of Specification. 'His executed buildings were not numerous, his literary work was chiefly of an editorial nature and therefore useful rather than striking' (Hillebrand 1975:163), and indeed, the lively, didactic style of his 1904 talk in Pietermaritzburg, makes informative reading.

ARIBA 1896; FRIBA 1916. (Archt Jnl Jun 1934:896 obit; ARIBA nom papers (1896); Hillebrand 1975:163; RIBA biog file; RIBA Jnl Jul 1934:889 obit; SAAR Jan 1941:59 obit; SAWW 1940 - see ELLIS) Publ: Maritzburg architecture: what it is and what it might be, in 2 parts, SAMBF Jnl Sep 1904:45-8; SAMBF Jnl Oct 1904:19-21; editor of Specification (n.d.); editor of Who's who in architecture. 1923; Small houses and bungalows.1934; compiled English architecture at a glance, houses, cottages, and bungalows and Shopfronts (see RIBA Jnl Jul 1 1934:889)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.