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Born: 1911 11 02
Died: 1999 04 24


Born in Yorkshire in 1911. Studied at London and Leeds Universities. He served in Burma and India during the Second World War before emigrating to Lesotho in 1947, where he was Deputy Director of Education until 1960. In recognition of his work there he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Thereafter he lived in Cape Town and until his retirement he was Managing Director of the publishing house of Longman Southern Africa. He is well known for his pioneering studies of the vernacular architecture of many countries in Africa, Europe and the Far East. A founder and an Honorary Life Member of the Vernacular Architecture Group in Britain, he is also Honorary Life President of the Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa , of which he was a founder member.

James Walton is the author of over two hundred papers in various journals and collected works, and of several books. For his services to the study of vernacular architecture he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He also received the Cape Tercentenary Foundation's Award of Merit, the Institute of South African Architects' Architectural Writers and Critics Award and the Gold Medal of the National Monuments Council. James Walton donated his invaluable collection to University of Stellenbosch for use by researchers. The complete collection consists of manuscripts, drawings, photographs, newsletters, lectures, portfolios, albums, plans, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and brochures. Items in this collection are subject to copyright protection. Reproduction of the content, or any part of it, other than for research, academic or non-commercial use is prohibited without prior consent from the copyright holder.

Books by WALTON

Walton, James. 1955. Vroeë plase en nedersettings in die Oranje-Vrystaat. Kaapstad: A.A. Balkema

WALTON, James. 1956. Upland houses. Cambridge: Antiquity

Walton, James. 1956. Early Bafokeng settlement in South Africa. Johannesburg [?]: African Studies

Walton, James. 1956. African village. Pretoria: JL van Schaik

WALTON, James. 1957. Historic buildings of Basutoland. Morija: BSA [Basutoland Scientific Association]

Walton, James. 1958. Old Maseru. Morija: Basutoland Scientific Association

Walsham How, Marion & Walton, James (Illustrator). 1962. The mountain Bushmen of Basutoland. Pretoria: JL van Schaik

Walton, James. 1965. Homesteads and villages of South Africa. Pretoria: J.L. Van Schaik

Walton, James (Compiler). 1965. Early Ghoya settlement in the Orange Free State. Bloemfontein: National Museum

Walton, James. 1974. Water-mills windmills and horse-mills of South Africa. Cape Town and Johannesburg: C Struik Publishers

Walton, James. 1985. Cape dovecots and fowl-runs. Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch Museum

Walton, James. 1989. Old Cape farmsteads. Cape Town: Human & Rosseau

Walton, James. 1991. Portable corn-mills in South Africa : A Study in Industrial Archaeology . Cape Town: Image Press

Walton, James. 1993. Double-storeyed, flat-roofed buildings of the rural Cape. Cape Town: Saayman & Weber

Walton, James. 1995. Cape cottages. Cape Town: Intaka

Walton, James & Pretorius, André (contributor). 1998. Windpumps in South Africa. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau

Walton, James. 1999. A tribute to the donkey. Kenilworth: James Walton

Entries in books by WALTON

Walton, James. Folk architecture in South Africa. In Preservation of old buildings and historic sites. 1966. Caltex Oil