Percy Cunliffe Pilling

Place of Birth

  • Birth date:  1879 
  • Death date:  6 August 1916 

Percy Cunliffe Pilling, the second son of Joseph Pilling and Anne (Smedley) was born at Bolton in 1879.  Educated at Bolton Grammar School, he began his training as an architect by a course of engineering in Messrs. Dobson & Barlow's works lasting three years. He then studied in London, and was for some time assistant in the offices of Sir William Emerson. Returning to Bolton about 1897 he attended Manchester School of Architecture. In 1904 he passed the Qualifying Examination and was elected Associate of the Institute in 1904. proposed by JB Gass JJ Bradshaw and J Slater. He then joined his father in partnership. 

On 12 October 1905 he married Lizzie Walker, daughter of Robert Walker, cotton spinner, Kensington House, St. George's Road. Their first child, Robert Percy Pilling was born 11 November but died a week later, on 18 November, 1911. His daughter Joyce Betsy Pilling was born on 17 November 1914.

Percy Cunliffe Pilling, died of wounds on the 6th August 1916. He had, joined the Territorials in 1909, and was in command of B Company. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment when the Battalion was mobilised on the outbreak of war. After they arrived at the Front he was transferred to A Company, and in June 1916 was appointed second in command of the Battalion. He is buried at Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-Le-Sec, France, and is included on the war memorial of the 5th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Queen’s Park, Bolton.

1904 : 37 Mawdsley Street Bolton
1914 : 37 Mawdsley Street Bolton

1904 : 2 Shrewsbury Road, Bolton
1914 : “The Cottage” Shrewsbury Road, Bolton

Obituary:  RIBA Journal v23, 26 Aug 1916, p309;
Obituary : RIBA Journal v23, 30 Sept 1916, p328
Image : RIBA Journal page 325
Reference : Avery obit.
Reference : Who’s who in architecture 1914


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Cunliffe and Pilling II) Architectural practice 1884 1935 Bolton