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PAPWORTH, Alfred Wyatt

Born: c1880
Died: 1917 04


The younger son of Wyatt Papworth (1822-94), who was an architect and the editor for the Architectural Publications Society in London, Papworth entered Artnur Cate's office, London, in January 1897 where he remained until November 1898 when he was employed by Harold W Woodington until at least 1900. According to Woodington, Papworth 'distinguished himself in passing the final examination at the earliest time possible' (ARIBA nom papers, Papworth 1901) In 1901 Papworth came to South Africa where he spent some years (1901/2 -1904) as an assistant in the office of AH REID in Cape Town, this according to Who's Who in Architecture (1914). In his obituary in the RIBA Journal (1916/17) it was said that he had been in the office of CH READ in Cape Town, but in the obituary in the Journal of the Association of Transvaal Architects (Sept 1917:46), the obituarist wrote that 'it was the writer's privilege to be associated with AW Papworth in the office of Messrs A & W REID for about twelve months'. He was listed as A Pepworth working as an architect in Cape Town in 1905 at Huguenot Buildings in Juta's directory of Cape Town 1905. Following his spell in South Africa he worked in Yokahoma and Kobe for G De Lalande for two years and returned to London in 1907. He formed a partnership with Gilbert H Lovegrove as Lovegrove & Papworth. On the outbreak of the First World War, Papworth enlisted for active service, joining the ROYAL ENGINEERS. He was killed in France in 1917, a second Lieutenant.

Reg std RIBA 1898; ARIBA 1901. (ARIBA nom papers 1901; Jnl ATA Sep 1917:46,obit; Juta's dir CT 1905; RIBA Jnl 1916-17 vol 24:131, 136, 150, 172, 176, 191, 234; WW in Arch 1914)

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 PAPWORTH

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 Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand.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