William Chasen Ralph

Place of Birth

  • Born  : July-Sept 1848 at London
  • Died  : 10 July 1913 at his residence, Thornhill, Standish Wigan

Willian Chasen Ralph was born in Marylebone London in 1848, the son of William Ralph, tailor, and his wife Harriet. He was articled to Edward Graham Paley whose office he entered in 1864 and remained as assistant to Paley and Austin in Lancaster until 1875 when he moved as assistant to John Douglas of Chester. Travelled in France and Belgium. He commenced practice in Wigan in 1890 and in 1892 entered into partnership with George Heaton as Heaton and Ralph, later Heaton Ralph and Heaton. He was elected Fellow of the RIBA on 19 January 1903; proposed by F H Oldham, P Ogden, W A Royle.

Following the death of George Heaton in 1910 the partnership was dissolved and Ralph set up practice on his own account, taking his son Ernest Wyatt Ralph into partnership. Willian Chasen Ralph died on 10 July 1913.

1903    King Street, Wigan, Lancashire

1851    Charlotte Street, Marylebone, London
1871    Lancaster  (living with his uncle)
1881    Bouverie Street Chester
1891     Dicconson Street Wigan
1901    Spencer Road Wigan
1903    The Gables. Spencer Road, Whitley, Wigan
1910-1913 : Thornhill, Standish Wigan

Builder v105, 18 July 1913, page 74
Builder v105, 25 July 1913, page 101
RIBA Journal v20, 26 July 1913, page 648
Building News 18 July 1913 page 76

Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Layout for Bowling Cemetery Bradford Bowling  Bradford  Yorkshire  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Heaton Ralph and Heaton Architectural practice 1894 1912 Wigan
Heaton and Ralph Architectural practice 1891 1894 Wigan
Ralph W C and Son Architectural practice 1911 1913 Wigan