Catalogue Finding NumberWYW1728
Office record is held atWakefield, West Yorkshire Archive Service
DescriptionPlans of three generations of Wakefield architects - schools, hospitals, war memorials, churches, etc
Date19th-20th century
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AdminHistoryThe Watson family contributed to the changing face of Wakefield over the last two centuries as they designed many buildings and also made alterations to significant buildings including hospitals, schools, war memorials, churches and local businesses. This collection is full of detailed plans of projects in which the family were involved. The plans not only cover the Wakefield area, but also areas all over West Yorkshire. Some of the building they are linked to include: The White Rose Hospital, War Memorials at Wakefield Grammar School, Sandal and Newmillerdam, Wakefield Technical College and parts of Clayton Hospital. Watsons Architects includes the work of three generations of the same family and as a result of this there are a vast amount of plans retained in this collection. Started by William Watson, his son William Harold Watson then joined the firm located at Barstow Square, Wakefield, along with another partner F B Ellison. After his father's death in 1901 and Ellison leaving the firm, William Harold Watson was sole partner until his son William Eustace Watson joined the firm around the early 1940s. William E Watson then continued the firm after his fathers death in 1946. Wakefield holds a number of architects collections. including Garside and Pennington of Pontefract [C981] and J G L Poulson Limited also of Pontefract [C391] which also include plans of significant local buildings. Watson's was a family business with 3 generations of the family, and the collection contains much older plans of the Wakefield area.



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