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FARROW, John Wilford Hilbert

Born: 1878?
Died: 1952 04 20


A partner in one of the leading pioneer architectural firms in East London, Farrow was probably born in England. He was articled there to AE Sidford, MSA, Wokingham, Berks from 1894 to 1895, becoming a registered probationer with the RIBA in 1897. In 1898 he entered the office of Kingwell Cole and Kenneth Wood as an assistant, probably in London. From 1900 to 1901 he was in Banister Fletcher's office 1900-1901 where he was responsible for about thirty line drawings 'illustrating Mr Fletcher's History of Architecture, (4th ed 1901) under Mr Fletcher's supervision'. He attended classes and lectures in design at the Architectural Association from 1900 to 1903 and moved from Banister Fletcher's office to that of Bonner Hopkins where he spent a year (1901). In 1902, still in London, he was 'with Mr Harrison Townshend'(sic) and would have known of Townsend's Whitechapel Art Gallery and his Horniman Museum, the illustrated in The Builder (8 Feb 1902). Farrow left for South Africa the same year. He entered HJC CORDEAUX's office in East London 'as a fully qualified assistant' (HJC Cordeaux, Farrow's FRIBA nom papers 1920) where he remained until 1904 when he went as manager of the King William's Town branch office for Cordeaux. In 1909, when Cordeaux was on a visit to England, Farrow acted as his locum tenens in East London in the post of chief assistant; he was invited into partnership in 1912 (cf CORDEAUX & FARROW). On the outbreak of the First World War, Farow joined the Border Company, SA Infantry, returning to practice after the War. When Cordeaux died suddenly in 1923, Farrow continued the practice. He was joined in 1924 by CWB STOCKS with whom he formed a partnership in 1926 (cf. CORDEAUX, FARROW & STOCKS); in 1928 the firm became known as FARROW & STOCKS. In 1932 FARROW's son John Wilfred FARROW joined the firm and opened an office in Durban.

LRIBA 1911; FRIBA East London 1920; ISAA 1927; MCQS. (ISAA mem list; LRIBA nom papers (1911) 772; FRIBA nom papers (1920) 1719; Picton-Seymour 1977; SAAR Dec 1952:302 obit) Farrow's LRIBA nomination papers list the following, noting that he was the sole architect of them.

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.

Books citing FARROW

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp F3

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 119