Rowland Thomasson

Place of Birth
  • Born: July - Sept 1886 Crumpsall
  • Married (I): Constance Maud Franks 11 June 1913 at Holyrood or St Mary’s Prestwich
  • Married (II): Lillian Parry
  • Died: 26 January 1968 at Blackpool

Roland Thomasson was born in 1886 at Crumpsall, the fourth son of Frederick Thomasson and his wife Ellen. Frederick was the manager of a weaving mill producing fancy dress goods and at least two of his sons were employed in the same business. In 1901 Rowland Thomasson, aged 14, was working as a builder’s office boy and appears to have acquired his architectural skills through practical experience rather than formal training. By 1919 he had commenced independent practice with an office at 87 Mosley Street. From the late 1920s much of his work was for speculative house builders, especially F W Woolfenden, of Longsight and F and E Darlington of Kersal, Salford. In 1921 the artist L S Lowry, with two others exhibited in the offices of Rowland Thomasson at 87 Mosley Street Manchester. Here Lowry sold his first picture, a pastel, entitled "The Lodging House," Rowland Thomasson died on 26 January 1968 at Blackpool.

1919    87 Mosley Street
1938    Rowland Thomasson AIAA. Architect and Surveyor, 87 Mosley Street & 16 Moor Lane Kersal     Salford 7 (Slater’s Directory 1938)

1901    Cleveland Road Crumpsall (Census)
1919    94 Milton Road Heaton Park, Prestwich
1921    94 Milton Road Heaton Park, Prestwich
1938    16 Moor Lane Kersal Salford 7
1968    14 St. Chads Road Blackpool