Frederick Walters

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Frederick Arthur Walters (1849–1931) was a Scottish architect working in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, notable for his Roman Catholic churches.


Buckfast Abbey

Walters was born on 5 February 1849 at 6 South Terrace, Brompton, London, the son of the architect Frederick Page Walters—with whom he served as an articled clerk for three years.[1]

After working in the office of George Goldie for nine years, he formed his own architectural practice in 1878, taking his son, John Edward Walters, into partnership in 1924.[1]

Walters, a Roman Catholic,[1] was responsible for more than fifty Roman Catholic Churches, including Buckfast Abbey and Ealing Abbey.[2] He also designed the seminary building at St. John's Seminary (Wonersh), which is on the statutory list of buildings of architectural and historical importance.[1]

Walters died on 3 December 1931 at St Mildred's, Ewell.[clarification needed][1]


Work Date Comments
St Joseph Church, Roehampton[3] 1881 Style:Gothic Revival
Sacred Heart Church Wimbledon[4] 1884–1887 Style decorated Gothic
Douai School – main entrance and tower[5] 1888 Style Tudor Gothic
Our Lady of Ransom Church, Eastbourne[6] 1890–1903 Style Decorated Gothic; Grade II-listed
St. John's Seminary (Wonersh)[7] 1891 Style Dutch Jacobean
The Holy Ghost, Franciscan Friary Chilworth[8] 1892 Grade 2 listed; style Late Gothic
The Precious Blood, O'Meara Street Borough[9] 1892–1893 Style: Romanesque revival
The Sacred Heart, Trott Street Battersea[10] 1892–1893 Style: Romanesque revival
The Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Bow Common[11] 1893–1894 Consecrated by Cardinal Vaughan 30 June 1894
Sacred Heart Church, Petworth[12] 1894–1896 Windows by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake
Clergy House, Church of English Martyrs Walworth[13] 1893–1894
St Joseph's Church, Dorking[14] 1895
St John the Evangelist Church, Heron's Ghyll[15] 1895–1897 Consecrated by Bishop Peter Amigo 7 September 1904
St Thomas's Church, Sevenoaks[16] 1896
St Mary of the Angels, Worthing[17] 1897–1907 Originally built by Henry Clutton 1864 & 1873, extended by Walters
Ealing Abbey 1897–1935 Altered following bomb damage suffered in 1940
St Mary and St Michael, Lukin Street, London E1[18] 1898 Originally built by William Wardell 1856; chancel altered by Walters 1898
Our Lady and St Peter's Church, East Grinstead[19] 1898
Church of St Anne, Kennington Lane Vauxhall[20] 1900–1903 Consecrated by Cardinal Bourne 26 October 1903; style: late Gothic
St Joseph's Church, Brighton – west front[21] 1900–1901 Grade 2* listed
Church of Guardian Angels Mile End Road, London[22] 1901–1903 Style: Perpendicular Gothic
St Elizabeth of Portugal Church, The Vineyard, Richmond, London[23] 1903 Rebuilding of the chancel, presbytery and tower, originally constructed in 1824
St Winefride Church, South Wimbledon, London[24] 1904–1905 Style: Romanesque revival
St Edmund Church, Godalming[25] 1905–1906 Grade II listed building
St Augustine's College and Abbey School Westgate-on-Sea[26] 1905–1915 Grade II listed building
Buckfast Abbey 1905–1937 Consecrated 25 August 1932
Our Lady of Pity and St Simon Stock, Putney[27] 1906 Commenced by J C Radford and completed by Walters
St Mary of the Angels, Canton, Cardiff[28] 1907 Style: Romanesque revival; consecrated 30 October 1907
Church of St Anselm and St Cecilia, Lincoln's Inn Fields[29] 1908–1909 On site of former Sardinian Chapel; style: Continental renaissance
Our Lady of Lourdes Ashby-de-la-Zouch 1910
Chapel at Wimbledon College[30] 1910
St Wilfred, Kennington Park[31] 1914–1915 Style: Perpendicular Gothic; damaged by bomb November 1940, restored 1948–49
St Tarcisius Church, Camberley[32] 1923–1924 Windows by Paul Woodroffe
Church of St Peter, Jewry Street Winchester[33] 1926


  1. ^ a b c d e Scottish Architects website
  2. ^ The Return of the Benedictines to London, Ealing Abbey: 1896 to Independence by Rene Kollar, Burnes and Oates 1989, ISBN 0-86012-175-5, ps. 53 & 126
  3. ^ Sacred Church Heart, Wimbledon from British listed buildings retrieved 16 March 2014
  4. ^ Sacred Heart Wimbledon Church History
  5. ^ Douai Abbey website
  6. ^ Historic England. "Our Lady of Ransom Roman Catholic Church (1385905)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  7. ^ St John's Seminary website
  8. ^ English heritage review of diocesan churches
  9. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.205
  10. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.244
  11. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.225
  12. ^ Parish of Sacred Heart Church Petworth and Ss Anthony and George, Duncton
  13. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.219
  14. ^ Dorking from British History Online retrieved 1 May 2013
  15. ^ Diocese of Arundel and Brighton website
  16. ^ Granville Road & Eardley Road Conservation Area Appraisal July 2000, p.13
  17. ^ English heritage review of diocesan churches (including picture)
  18. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.226
  19. ^ East Grinstead town website
  20. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.184
  21. ^ English heritage review of diocesan churches
  22. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.232
  23. ^ Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 519. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  24. ^ British listed builindgs retrieved 16 March 2014
  25. ^ Godalming – St Edmund King and Martyr from English Heritage, retrieved 8 February 2015
  26. ^ Westgate-on-Sea Conservation Area Appraisal 2006, p.27
  27. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.249
  28. ^ Parish of St Mary website (with pictures)
  29. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, ps.85–87
  30. ^ Merton conservation areas, p. 212 (with picture)
  31. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.212
  32. ^ British listed buildings retrieved 7 February 2015
  33. ^ Hampshire Treasures, Vol 4 p. 48