William Frame

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William Frame
The Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay - geograph.org.uk - 852953.jpg
Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay, Frame's masterpiece
Melksham, Wiltshire
DiedApril 1906 (aged 58-59)
Notable work

William Frame was an English architect.[1] He came from Melksham, Wiltshire,[2] and was articled firstly to William Smith of Trowbridge,[1] he then became assistant to John Prichard of Llandaff.[1] In 1868, he entered the office of William Burges and worked with Burges at Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch.[1] Following Burges's death in 1881, Frame remained in the service of John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute and continued Burges's work at both castles, as well as designing the grade I listed Pierhead Building in the docks built by Bute's father. During these years he won the Royal Academy's gold medal and the Soane Medallion.[1] Later in his life, Frame also produced a small number of very well regarded grandfather clocks in the village of Larkhall, Scotland that were commissioned by some of the aristocratic class of his time.[3]

He died in April 1906, his latter years marred by alcoholism.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f David Goold. "Dictionary of Scottish Architects - DSA Architect Biography Report (April 1, 2012, 1:09 pm)". Scottisharchitects.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  2. ^ The Pierhead Building, by William Frame, VictoriaWeb.org. Retrieved 26 january 2014.
  3. ^ "CPHS Website". www.carlukehistory.co.uk.