Bernard William Hurt Brameld

Place of Birth

  • Born:       Oct-Dec 1854 at East Retford, Nottinghamshire
  • Died:       11 March 1914
  • Funeral:   13 March 1914 Manchester Crematorium

Born at Nottingham Bernard William Hurt Brameld was the eldest son of the Rev G W Brameld, vicar of East Markham, Notts, and a direct descendant of the makers of Rockingham china.  He was educated at Nottingham Grammar School before being articled to Wilson Oldham and Wilson of Manchester in 1872. Later he worked as an assistant to Salomons and Ely before spending sixteen years as an architectural assistant in Manchester City Surveyors Department.

In October 1895 he commenced independent practice in Manchester and in 1897 joined in partnership with John Thorley Smith (qv). He was elected Fellow of the RIBA in 1903, proposed by F H Oldham, J Horsfall and John Ely. Curiously he was also noted as the patentee of a “combined bath and lavatory.” He also had a residence in Maughold on the Isle of Man where he spent a good part of the year

Bernard William Hurt Brameld died suddenly at his residence, Merevale, Sedgley Park, Prestwich on 11 March 1914, the funeral held on 13 March 1914 Manchester Crematorium. He never married. The inquest into the circumstances of his death recorded that he was found near a gas stove in his bedroom, the tube leading to the stove having been punctured allowing gas to escape. The jury at the inquest returned a verdict of “Suicide by coal-gas poisoning during a fit of insanity.”

1881            197 Bury New Road (Census return)
1903-1911    270 Bury New Road, Higher Broughton, Salford (Slaters)
1914            “Merevale,” Tewkesbury Drive, Sedgley Park, Prestwich
No date         Maughold, Isle of Man

Death Notice  Manchester Guardian 13 March 1914 Page 16 - deaths
Obituary:       RIBA Journal Vol 21 25 May 1913. Page 481
Reference:     Manchester Guardian 13 March 1914 Page 10, Column 6 - inquest
Reference:     Building News 15 May 1914 Page 682 - inquest
Reference      Additional information from Peter Kelly by email


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Brameld and Smith Architectural practice 1897 1914 Manchester