William Owen

Place of Birth

  • Birth date            19 February 1852
  • Married                1 September 1881 at the Parish Church, Bowdon, Alice Annie, daughter of Charles Scotter of Bowdon.
  • Death date          5 August 1909
  • Cremation           7 August 1909 at Woking


William Owen, architect of Manchester and Hale, was born at Altrincham on 19 February 1852, the son of Joseph Owen of Bowden and his first wife. He was educated locally at Bowden and later at the Manchester School of Art and in 1874 he was successful in obtaining the gold medal awarded annually by South Kensington for the best architectural design. Having spent some years with the architect Edward Salomons, he commenced independent practice at 134 Deansgate Manchester and Wellington Chambers Rhyl in a short-lived partnership with Owen Edwards. This partnership was dissolved in September 1878, Owen Edwards continuing the practice in Rhyl and William Owen that in Manchester. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1879. He was one of the first members of the Hale District Council, and in 1903 was appointed to the chair.

He married Alice Annie, daughter of (Sir) Charles Scotter, later 1st Baronet, at Bowden parish church in 1881. They had three sons  Cyril b.1883, Harold, b.1885 and Wilfrid b. 1887. Alice Annie was killed in a railway accident at St James Station, Liverpool in October 1913

William Owen died at Rutland House, Kingston-upon-Thames, the residence of his father-in-law, Sir Charles Scotter, on 5 August 1909 and was cremated at Woking on 7 August 1909.


Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Baptist Chapel and School: Byrom Street Hale Road Bowden   Bowdon  GMCA  England
Detached Villa Residence Altrincham for William Allwood   Altrincham  GMCA  England
Fernlea, Vicarage Road, Bowden   Bowdon  GMCA  England
(Former) Post Office: 103 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire   Knutsford  Cheshire  England
Additions: Rochdale Canal Company General Offices Dale Street Manchester   Manchester  GMCA  England
Three Shops and Dwelling Houses Urmston   Urmston  GMCA  England
Slaughterhouses and Stables in connection with new shops Urmston   Urmston  GMCA  England
Chapel, Altrincham General Cemetery, Hale Hale  Altrincham  GMCA  England
Normanhurst Brooklands Road Brooklands  Sale  GMCA  England
New Steam Laundry for Great Central Railway   New Holland  Lincolnshire  England
Tabley Hall near Knutsford Tabley  Knutsford  Cheshire  England
Victoria Hotel Sheffield   Sheffield  Yorkshire  England
New Council School Navigation Road Broadheath Altrincham Broadheath  Altrincham  GMCA  England
Hospital for Infectious Diseases. Altrincham       England
Extension to Hale Road Baptist Church Altrincham   Altrincham  GMCA  England
Council Schools Beam Street Nantwich (Architectural Competition)   Nantwich  Cheshire  England
Isolation Hospital Sinderland Road Dunham Massey Altrincham Dunham Massey  Altrincham  GMCA  England
Improvements: Royal Victoria Station Hotel, Sheffield   Sheffield  Yorkshire  England
“Donnybrook," Ashley Heath, Cheshire Ashley Heath  Altrincham  Cheshire  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Edwards and Owen Architectural practice 1877 1878 Manchester and Rhyl