Basil Baily

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Captain Basil Edgar Baily FRIBA (14 Jan 1869-1942[1]) was an architect based in Nottingham.

Background and family[edit]

He was born in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, son of the architect Charles Baily. He married May Clayton in 1901 but this marriage ended in divorce in 1910.[2]

He lived in Bulcote Manor until 1914.

He married Eleanor Corah in 1928.

On his death in 1942 he was living in Bowyers Court, Wisborough Green, Suffolk.

Architect career[edit]

He was articled in 1885 in the offices of Martin and Hardy, Brewing and Malting engineers, then Sir Ernest George and Harold Ainsworth Peto.

We worked independently in Newark-on-Trent from 1891, and then in partnership with Arthur Brewill from 1894 until 1922.

He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects on 2 Dec 1901.


Bolsover Model Village stores, by Arthur Brewill and Basil Baily

Military career[edit]

He was made a Second Lieutenant in the Robin Hood Rifles on 11 December 1895.[4]

He was made Captain in 1900. He was appointed temporary Major on 19 December 1914.[5] He was injured in combat in April 1915 and lost a hand. This prevented his architects career restarting after the war, and he retired.


  1. ^ Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 18 September 1942
  2. ^ National Archives, Divorce and Matrimonial Causes file. Ref J 77/1012/717
  3. ^ The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. Nikolaus Pevsner
  4. ^ The London Gazette, 10 Dec 1895. p.7140
  5. ^ Supplement to The London Gazette, 17 May 1915. p.4770