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Frederick Rowntree - Architect

19 April 1860  - 7 January 1927

Married on 6th October 1886  to 
Mary Anna Gray 
10 June 1862 - 19 July 1933

Judith Mary (Molly)   

This webpage is not very detailed but the following article gives 
considerable insight into the life of Fred and his family

An Introduction to the Rowntree Family   One Branch in the First World War Era

Full wedding picture with all the guests

A letter from the next Generation

Mary Anna Gray 
10 June 1862 - 19 July 1933

Link to the Gray Family

The picture on the left is thought to be 
of  Mary Anna Gray   1862 - 1933
who married Fred Rowntree in 1886

There is every reason to believe that the
 place is Stand on the Green - Chiswick.


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From  Dictionary of Scottish Architects  

Fred Rowntree was born in 1860 in Scarborough, the son of John Rowntree, master grocer and Ann Webster. His brother, also John Rowntree, was a tea and coffee merchant and café owner there and another relative, William Rowntree, was a prosperous draper who subsequently built a department store. The family were Quakers and related to the chocolate manufacturers. Fred was educated at Bootham School, York, and articled to Charles Augustus Bury of Scarborough from 1876 to 1880. Thereafter he was assistant to Edward Burgess in London and a clerk of works in Leicestershire until 1885 when he was taken into partnership by Charles Edeson of Scarborough, the practice title becoming Edeson & Rowntree. He moved office to London in 1890, but in the same year he entered into partnership with Malcolm Stark in Glasgow. The reason for this move is not yet clear but Stark had won the Govan District Asylum competition and was always coming close to a major national competition win, the Rowntrees had Glasgow connections through the Henderson family and on 6 October 1886 at the Friends Meeting House, North Portland Street FRed Rowntree had married Mary Anna Gray, a daughter of William Gray of Gray, Dunn & Company (biscuit manufacturers), who were also Quakers. Helen Henderson had, as her second husband, married the painter E A Walton and through them Fred Rowntree became acquainted with George Walton, with whom he worked closely for decorative work in the 1890s.

In 1900 the partnership of Stark & Rowntree was dissolved as a long succession of near misses in national competitions, together with health problems, had resulted in Stark descending into alcoholism. They had only narrowly missed winning the commission for Belfast City Hall, but the Govan District Asylum had remained their only significant win. Rowntree relocated his practice in Hammersmith.

In 1907 Rowntree's son Douglas Woodville Rowntree (born in England c. 1888), who had studied at the Architectural Association for the previous two years and had passed the preliminary exam in 1906, entered the practice as improver. He passed the intermediate exam the following year and was soon promoted to assistant. He sought additional experience from April to September 1910 in the firm of Mussellwhite & Sapp, builders, of Basingstoke, but continued in his father's firm thereafter. In 1912 he and Fred's younger son Colin (born 9 August 1891 at 9 Queen Square, Strathbungo) were taken into partnership as Fred Rowntree & Sons. In the same year they won the competition for the West China University at Chengtu, Szechuan; Douglas Woodville took charge of the office for more than six months whilst his father was away in China attending to the project.

During the First World War Fred Rowntree joined forces with Charles Spooner and Arthur Joseph Penty to form an enterprise employing Belgian refugees in the prefabrication of buildings for re-erection in Belgium after the war. Douglas Woodville Rowntree joined the armed forces in January 1916.

The practice continued under the same title and at the same address - 11 Hammersmith Terrace, Hammersmith - after the war. Douglas Woodville was admitted ARIBA on 3 March 1919, his proposers being his father, Spooner and Stanley Davenport Adshead.

Taken from the Dictionary of Scottish Architects

 More details about Fred at: 
Frederick Rowntree and Family in the Early Twentieth Century


Links from the Dictionary of Scottish Architects  

York Walks /4 : Riverside walk - Rowntree Park to Bishopthorpe
Utopian Buckinghamshire
When `Parkie' Bell ruled stately Rowntree Park... - This is York ...
Hampstead Garden Suburb
[PDF] Seer Green to Beaconsfield            View as HTML
North Square    the Friends' Meeting House
Hampstead: Protestant Nonconformity | British History Online
Pall Mall, South Side, Existing Buildings: The Travellers' Club ...
Bedford Lemere School
Quaker history - CambridgeQuakerWiki
Scalby Fair and Flower Show - Our History
Whats Behind The Doors (from Wimbledon Guardian)
[PDF] HLF Park Life 2003
Tate Collection: British art and international modern and ...
Barnet Times  St Mary's Church is a 13th century Gothic masterpiece
UKPG Database | Sites | Rowntree Park
Hendon: Protestant nonconformity | British History Online
The Watson family   Watson Family tree linking to Rowntree
GENUKI: Brompton By Sawdon Parish, Directory of Trades and ...
Another family tree link
A short history of Chalfont St Giles
Welcome to Colman & Green Estate Agents
Church of St John  Hillingdon
                    [PDF] Cabinet
Stark & Rowntree (fl. 1877-99), architect, a biography  Early Years
China's Christian Colleges          West China Union University