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Maxwell Ayrton

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February 1960.

(Ormrod) Maxwell Ayrton, a well-known architect.

1874 Born[1]

1901 Architect, employer, visitor in Elham, Kent[2]

1911 Ormrod Maxwell Ayrton 37, architect, employer, lived in Uxbridge with Elsa Maria Ayrton 32, Virginia Maxwell Ayrton 4, Antony Maxwell Ayrton 1[3]

1917 Temp. Flight Lieut R.N.A.S.[4]

1918 Flight Lieut Ayrton gained his Aero Club flying certificate[5]

WWI Rose to the rank of Captain[6]

Designed the buildings for the British Empire Exhibition and including Wembley Stadium.

1927 Dissolution of the Partnership between Sir John William Simpson, K.B.E., F.R.I.B.A., and Ormrod Maxwell Ayrton, F.R.I.B.A., heretofore practising at 3, Verulam-huildings, Gray's Inn, in the county of London. Sir John William Simpson will continue to practise at 3, Verulam-buildings, Gray's Inn. The said Ormrod Maxwell Ayrton removed his practise to 7, Grosvenor-street, New Bond street,London, W. 1.[7]

He was a pioneer in the architectural use of concrete as opposed to solely the structural use of it.

He also designed many bridges, Bedford College and several hospitals.

1937 Designed a new building to house the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill but the construction was delayed by the War and it was only in 1950 that staff and equipment could be moved from Hampstead to the finished Building[8]

1960 He died at age 86 on Feb 18th 1960.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1939 register
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. Navy Lists
  5. Royal Aero Club
  6. The London Gazette 31 January 1919
  7. London Gazette 17 May 1927
  8. London Gazette 9 May 1950