William West Neve

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William West Neve
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Born (1852-06-07)7 June 1852
Cranbrook, Kent, England[1]
Died 26 December 1942(1942-12-26) (aged 90)
West Court, Bray, Berkshire, England[1]
Education Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, England[1]
Occupation Architect

William West Neve (7 June 1852 – 26 December 1942) was an English architect in the Arts and Crafts style.


Born in Cranbrook, Kent, Neve was the youngest of seven siblings and the only son of solicitor William Tanner Neve and his spouse Maria West.[1]

Neve was educated at Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire and began his architectural training as an assistant in the office of Richard Norman Shaw before leaving in 1877 to practice on his own at No.4 Chilworth Street, London and later from 1878 at No.5 Bloomsbury Square, London. In 1882, Neve worked in partnership with fellow ex-Norman Shaw pupil Ernest Newton.[2]

Neve is the great-uncle of the British Ambassador Glencairn Balfour Paul and a cousin of the cricketer John Neve.

Notes on built works[edit]

St Martin of Tours Church, Chelsfield[edit]

In 1893, Neve along with assistant Frank Brind, a relative of the client, proposed a design to remodel elements of St Martin of Tours Church, Chelsfield, Kent. This included the construction of a vestry and the installation of a new organ. The original drawings for this scheme are preserved in the library of Canterbury Cathedral.[3]

Kingsbury Manor[edit]

In 1899, Neve designed a large halftimbered manor house at Roe Green Park, London for Mary, dowager Duchess of Sutherland, the wife of Sir Albert Kaye Rollit, M.P.[4] Between 1928-31, the stables at Kingsbury Manor were used as a receiving station by John Logie Baird for experimental television transmissions sent from Berlin.[5]


Several Arts and Crafts style buildings by Neve were commissioned by his sister Ellen Maria Monteith – the widow of Glencairn Parish Minister John Monteith - in the village of Moniaive in south-west Scotland, including St. Ninian’s Chapel of Ease (1887), Glenluiart (1901) and an L-shaped row of cottages at Dunreggan (1906).[6] Neve's drawings of Glenluiart are held at the Archive Centre, Dumfries, under the title of 'House at Craigdarroch'.




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