Alfred John Thraves

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Majestic Theatre, Coronation Street, Retford 1927
National Provincial Bank, Basford 1927
Regent Cinema, East Kirkby 1930
Futurist Cinema, Basford, Nottingham 1937

Alfred John Thraves FRIBA (1888-15 August 1953) was an architect based in Nottingham[1] who specialised in cinema design.

History[edit]

He was the son of Joseph Henry Thraves and Agnes Rosina Kraft. He married Florence A E Sharp in 1912. Their son Lionel Alfred Thraves was born on 18 March 1915.

He was articled to John Lamb in Nottingham and started his own practice in 1910.[2]

During the First World War he was a private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and held a commission in the Royal Engineers, and was on active service in France and Belgium.

He was in partnership with Henry Hardwick Dawson until 1927[3] and with his son Lionel Alfred Thraves from 1937, based in Whitefriars House, Nottingham.

During the Second World War he served as a special constable in Nottingham. In 1943 he was appointed a housing consultant to the Ministry of Health.

He died on 15 August 1953[4] at The Turrett, Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire and left an estate valued at £8,478 11s 3d (equivalent to £232,500 in 2018).[5]

Works[edit]

  • 10 Short Hill, Nottingham 1909[6]
  • Palais de Danse, Nottingham 1924-25[7]
  • Majestic Theatre, Coronation Street, Retford 1927
  • National Provincial Bank, Valley Road/Nottingham Road, Basford, Nottingham 1928[8]
  • Empress Cinema, St Ann’s Well Road, Nottingham 1928[9]
  • Majestic Cinema, 700 Woodborough Road, Mapperley, Nottingham 1929
  • Tudor Cinema, 50 North Street, Bourne 1929
  • Plaza Cinema, Mansfield 1930 (later the Granada Cinema)
  • Regent Cinema, Diamond Avenue/Station Street, East Kirkby 1930
  • Tudor Cinema, 24 Tudor Square, West Bridgford, Nottingham 1931
  • Plaza Cinema, Trent Bridge, Nottingham 1932[10]
  • Dale Cinema, Sneinton Dale/Hardstaff Road, Nottingham 1932
  • Bungalow, 4 Consiton Road, Beeston 1932
  • Houses on Derby Road, Beeston, including numbers 185, 207, 209, 211. 1932
  • Majestic Cinema, 21 Alexandra Road, Swadlincote 1933
  • Tudor Cinema, Grange Road, West Kirby, Merseyside 1933
  • Parade Super Cinema, Skegness, 1933[11]
  • King's Cinema, Outram Street/Forest Street, Sutton in Ashfield 1935
  • Regal Cinema, Parliament Street, Nottingham 1935
  • Byron Cinema, High Street/Duke Street, Hucknall 1936
  • Cinema, Nottingham Road, Basford 1936
  • Astoria Cinema, Derby Road, Lenton Abbey, Nottingham 1936
  • Regal Cinema, West Street, Boston 1937[12]
  • Forum Cinema, Aspley Lane, Aspley, Nottingham 1937
  • Futurist Cinema, 551 Valley Road, Basford, Nottingham 1937
  • Savoy Cinema, Station Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield 1937
  • Savoy Cinema, Westlode Street, Spalding 1937
  • Windsor Cinema, Warmsworth Road/Oswin Avenue, Balby, Doncaster 1938[13]
  • Gloria Cinema, Nottingham Road and Meadow Lane, Derby 1938 (later the Ladbroke Film Centre)
  • Windsor Cinema, Hartley Road, Radford, Nottingham 1939
  • Astra Cinema, Wheatley, Doncaster 1939
  • R. Cripps and Company Motor Showroom and Garage, Parliament Street/Barker Gate, Nottingham 1939[14]
  • Wood, Bastow and Company Factory, Nottingham Road, Selston 1939-40[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodie, Antonia (20 December 2001). Directory of British Architects 1834-1914: Vol 2 (L-Z). Royal Institute of British Architects. p. 809. ISBN 082645514X.
  2. ^ "Obituaries". RIBA Journal. 41: 38. 1954.
  3. ^ "Notice is hereby given...". Nottingham Journal. England. 16 April 1927. Retrieved 4 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Nottingham architect, mason, dies". Nottingham Journal. England. 17 August 1953. Retrieved 17 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Historic England, "10 Short Hill (1255167)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 March 2018
  7. ^ Harwood, Elain (1979). The Buildings of England. Nottinghamshire. Yale University Press. p. 156. ISBN 0140710027.
  8. ^ "New Bank". Nottingham Journal. England. 18 February 1928. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "New City Cinema Opened". Nottingham Journal. England. 30 October 1928. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "NewSuper Cinema at Mansfield". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. England. 4 August 1930. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "New Cinema at Skegness". Nottingham Journal. England. 19 December 1933. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "Boston's New Super Cinema". Boston Guardian. England. 28 May 1937. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. ^ "New Balby Cinema". Nottingham Journal. England. 3 August 1938. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ "Woolpack Lane Corner". Nottingham Journal. England. 29 March 1939. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  15. ^ "City Firm's Factory Enterprise at Snelston". Nottingham Journal. England. 29 December 1939. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.