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PRIESTLEY, William Henry

Born: 1866
Died: 1939

Architect


Was born in Ashton-under-Lyme in Lancashire, England, and trained in the offices of William Bakewell, FRIBA, Leeds. In 1897 he came to Natal where he practised in Pietermaritzburg until 1908 as an architect and quantity surveyor. The Institute of South African Architects Yearbook (1929/30) listed him as a retired member of the Natal Provincial Institute of Architects. He died at his home in 156 Manning Road in Durban. His best-known building is the Spanish Baroque/Mission style Catholic Church of St Anthony in Durban. Kearney suggests the building belongs to a period when a number of architects throughout South Africa were 'searching for appropriate design ideas within the rich architectural heritage of the Spanish world ... his interest in Iberian Baroque is unusual and obscure' (Kearney 1984: 15, 16, note 66).

There may be a link between WH Priestley and WB Priestley. WB Priestley (according to Bell 1987?:165) bought the balance of C SENEQUE's paintings from the 1930 Natal Society of Artists exhibition following Seneque's sudden death, to be sold on behalf of Seneque's young children. Regarding Priestley's 'Iberian' predilections, Seneque also designed two known houses in Spanish Mission style (1927-30). WB Priestley could be a misprint for WH?

ISAA 1928; MCQS; NPIA. (Bell 1987?; ISAA mem list; ISAA Ybk 1929/30; NAD MSCE 29809/39)

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.

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St Anthony's Catholic Church and presbytery: 1936. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect

Books citing PRIESTLEY

Durban Municipality. 1984. A revised listing of the important places and buildings in Durban. Durban: Durban Municipality. pp 15, 16

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1975. Aspects of architecture in Natal, 1880 1914. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1986. Art and architecture in Natal, 1910 1940. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished Ph.D. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp