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Sir John William Simpson
1858 Born in Sussex, son of Thomas Simpson, architect, and his wife, Clara (née Hart), great-grandson of Robert Simpson. He was the brother of Gilbert Murray Simpson, architect
1875 Articled to his father
1879 Attended the Royal Academy Schools.
1881 John W. Simpson 22, architect, lived in Edmonton with his wife Adela C. Simpson 20 Clara Simpson 1, and servant Annie E. Simpson 18
1881-4 Simpson was in partnership with M. P. Manning
1890 Architect of 10 New Inn, Strand, London
He specialized in the design of public buildings, and planned (in collaboration): the Grafton Street Hospital, Liverpool; the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, Queen Square, London; the Glasgow Art Galleries for the corporation of Glasgow; and the Victoria Institute, Worcester (1896).
He was solely responsible for the offices of the crown agents for the colonies at Millbank and for schools as diverse in character as Roedean, (1898–9, 1906, 1908, 1911), Gresham's School, Holt, and West Downs School, Winchester, and for new buildings at Lancing College and Haileybury College.
He also undertook the design of several memorials, including: the Queen Victoria memorial at Bradford; the Royal Sussex regiment memorial at Brighton; the Onslow Ford memorial in St John's Wood; and the Cartwright Memorial Hall at Bradford.
He was associated with a number of overseas schools of architecture.
1919-21 President of the Royal Institute of British Architects
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.
Published several books and many professional papers on subjects such as the planning of cities and open spaces.
1927 Arrived in Liverpool from Valparaiso, Chile
1928 Left London for Marseilles
1932 Arrived in Southampton from Durban
1933 Died in Highgate