Stanley Davenport Adshead

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St Anselm's, Kennington, 2014

Stanley Davenport Adshead (1868–1946) was an English architect.

Born in Bowdon, Cheshire[1] and raised in Buxton, Derbyshire, Adshead trained in Manchester and London before establishing an independent practice in London in 1898. His early work included a survey and plans for the development of Kennington, London, for the Duchy of Cornwall. In 1912 he was appointed Lever Professor of Civic Design at Liverpool University, and in September 1914 he became the first Professor of Town Planning at University College, London. His published works include York: A plan for progress and preservation. He died in 1946 in New Forest, Hampshire.[2] His only daughter was Mary Adshead, a prominent painter, illustrator and designer.

He designed various entertainment buildings for seaside resorts, including:

  • Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate (1903). After being closed for several years, it was bought by wetherspoons and refurbished.[3]
  • Worthing Lido (1925)
  • Pavilion Theatre, Worthing Pier (1926)
  • Victoria Pier's third pavilion (1934). In the process of demolition in 2018. Original murals by Mary Adshead are being salvaged.[4]
  • A large-scale redevelopment of Scarborough, North Yorkshire was planned by the Scarborough Corporation in 1938, to designs by Adshead, although this was cancelled following the outbreak of WWII.[5]


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  3. ^ "Take a glimpse inside new Wetherspoons". Kent Online. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  4. ^ Dearden, Chris (12 March 2018). "Bid to save pier murals amid demolition". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  5. ^ "A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough". Scarborough Museums Trust. Retrieved 21 April 2018.