TWIST, Joseph WilliamBorn: ?
Was probably born in England where he was trained in building and architecture. He worked from January 1883 until September 1884 for J Ullathorne, Builder, in Selby, Yorkshire, with whom he learnt practical construction; he went on to work under an architect WG Penty who erected a mansion at Selby (c1884). He was then articled to WH Thoys in Leeds for three years from September 1884 until September 1887; during this 'was engaged upon a mansion at Westwood, Leeds; the Religious Society of Friends Meeting House, York; Leeds Fine Art Gallery, etc, etc' (ARIBA nom papers 1891). In September 1888 he was assistant to JH Morton, LRIBA, in South Shields where he worked on the Gateshead Workhouse, the Royal Assembly hall in South Shields and other works. He also measured and sketched the greater part of Selby Abbey and numerous other churches in Yorkshire. He was commended in the Ashpitel Prize Awards 1891/2.
According to Schoeman (1982:107), he came to South Africa around 1899 and remained for the rest of his life. In 1901/1902 his address was in Bloemfontein. An estimate for drawings to be prepared by Twist for extensions to the Central Post Office buildings in Bloemfontein and dated 1901, exists in the archives of the Orange Free State. Twist appears to have died in the Free State; Schoeman (1982:107) says he died during the Anglo-Boer War and the RIBA Kalendar (1903/4) noted that he had died.
ARIBA South Shields, Yorks 1891. (ARIBA nom papers (1891); OFSAD (VAB)73/4214/01; Schoeman 1982)
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