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
Church of the Most Precious Blood, Southwark[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
Church of 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
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden[34] 1928


  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 Archived 2009-10-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  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 Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ Catholic Churches of London by Dennis Evinson, p.184
  21. ^ English heritage review of diocesan churches Archived 2007-10-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  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
  34. ^ Historic England. "Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, and associated gate piers and railings, Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2BZ  (Grade II) (1430712)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 May 2017.