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Augustus Frederick Scott; 1854-1936; architect; Rockland St Peter and Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk
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Son of Revd Jonathan Scott and Mrs J.E. Scott, born in Rockland St Peter in 1854. First came to Norwich in 1865. Educated at the Old Commercial School, Norwich and Elmfield College York, spent five years working under Robert Skipper, East Dereham and then with John Henry Brown, the Cathedral and School Board architect before working for the Liverpool Corporation for two years. Started in Norwich as an architect and surveyor in 1886 at 24 Castle Meadow, where he conducted a practice that extended to various parts of England. Additionally held the office of Surveyor of Cromer.
Lived at Rose Court Harvey Lane, Thorpe.
Married Emmeline Adcock, daughter of Daniel Adcock on 22 June 1882; sons Eric Wilfred Scott and Theodore Gilbert Scott.
Buildings designed include: church on Thorpe Road, Buntings Ltd, and churches, houses, public and industrial buildings all over the UK. He designed the first reinforced concrete shop premises and the first reinforced concrete factory in Norwich. Due to his faith, he declined invitations to build public houses.
Interests include cycling: he claimed to have the first cycle in Norwich fitted with pneumatic tyres. Cycled from Norwich to his London office during the First World War and would often cycle to King's Lynn to catch the early train to Doncaster. Primitive Methodist and local preacher and would cycle to fulfil pulpit engagements. Also enjoyed travel and gardening and was a vegetarian.
Known throughout Norwich for wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and is quoted as saying 'my wide brimmed hat keeps off a certain amount of rain and sun and is of practical use. And moreover it suits me'.
Rockland St Peter, Norfolk; Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk
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Created on: 04/10/2005 by Drolw