William Mangnall (I)

Place of Birth
Prestwich Manchester

  • Born                      about 1822 Prestwich
  • Died                       29th May 1868 aged 46 at Lord Street in Southport

William Mangnall was born about 1822 and married Anne Kenrick on 28 April 1847 at St Philip's Church in Salford. William and Anne had at least two sons and five daughters. Details of his education and training are unknown but about 1845 he entered into partnership with Henry Travis under the style of Travis and Mangnall with offices at 3 Norfolk Street Manchester. From the outset the practice enjoyed considerable success but was dissolved by mutual consent on 31 October 1862. [London Gazette 4 November 1862 Page 55.] after which William Mangnall continued to practice alone at 3 Norfolk Street while Henry Travis opened his own office at King Street, Manchester. From 1862 to 1865 William Mangnall producing designs for a Music Hall in Bridge Street, the Masonic Hall in Cooper Street and the Victoria Hotel, Southport.

In 1865 he took his former pupil and assistant, John Littlewood into partnership under the style Mangnall and Littlewood. This partnership ended with the death of William Mangnall in 1848 after which John Littlewood practised alone for several years still under the style of Mangnall and Littlewood.

William Mangnall died on the 29th May 1868 aged 46 at Lord Street in Southport. He died of "Phthisis 2 years, Pneumothorae 5 days, (otherwise consumption) in the presence of his son William (II).

Frequent claims that William Mangnall (II) was somehow able to inherit his father’s position in the practice fail to understand the nature of partnership agreements specifically made between two or more named parties. John Littlewood was bound only to pay William Mangnall’s share of the practice comprising fixed assets – furniture etc and any outstanding fees to his beneficiary, presumably his widow. He obviously balked at the idea of offering a partnership to an eighteen-year-old architectural pupil and it was not until 1875 that he took his own brother into partnership.




Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Mangnall and Littlewood Architectural practice 1864 1874 Manchester
Travis and Mangnall Architectural practice 1845 1862 Manchester