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Alfred Darbyshire - Summary

Date of Birth: 20/06/1839

Date of Death: 05/07/1908

Gender: male

Nationality: English

Notable dates

  • He was elected an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects 1864

  • He was elected a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects 1870

  • He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries 1894

  • He was president of the Manchester Society of Architects from 1901 to 1903 1901

  • He was elected vice-president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a post he held for three years 1902

Occupation: Architect


Alfred Darbyshire was an architect active, particularly in Manchester, from the mid-19th to the early-20th century. He was first articled to the architect Peter Bradshaw Alley, of Lane and Alley, Manchester, from 1855 until 1862, before going into practice for himself. His most noted works were designs for theatres.

He was born on 20 June 1839 in Salford, Lancashire, England the son of a dyeworks manager, William Darbyshire, and his wife, Mary Bancroft, both Quakers.  Alfred too was a member of the Society of Friends.

On 10 August 1870 he married Sarah (died 1933), the daughter of William Marshall of Westmorland and together they had three children.    

Darbyshire died on 5 July 1908 at Manchester Infirmary and was buried at Flixton church.

According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, he is often confused with H. A. Darbishire, another architect.


Dungavell, Ian, ‘Darbyshire, Alfred (1839–1908)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) <> [accessed 8 January 2008]

National Archives, National Register of Archives, Person Details, 'Darbyshire, Alfred (1839-1908) Architect and Antiquary, GB/NNAF/P145847' <> [accessed 8 January 2008] 

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