Thomas Hethorn Cunliffe

Place of Birth
Ardwick Manchester

  • Born                      1871 (RIBA)
  • Died                       25 May 1915 aged 44
  • Buried                   Family grave St Paul’s Church. Moor Lane Kersal. Salford M7
  • Inscription           Thomas Hethorn Cunliffe. Lieutenant Colonel 2/9 Battalion Manchester Regiment. Died 25 May 1915 in his 45th year

Thomas Hethorn Cunliffe was the eldest son of Mr Thomas Lawson Cunliffe of Ardwick. He attended the Victoria University of Manchester, between 1886 and 1890, before being articled to W Telford Gunson in 1890-1893. He travelled in Germany Holland Belgium Switzerland and France

In 1893 Thomas Hethorn Cunliffe commenced Independent practice in Manchester and was architect and surveyor to the East Lancashire Territorial Association Hospital Committee and the Hethorn Estate. He was elected LRIBA on 20 July 1911, proposed by Paul Ogden, J Swarbrick, and Isaac Taylor. In association with Bertram Charles Percival Heywood (a fellow volunteer officer)  he prepared designs for a church at All Saints Hamilton Street Moorside, Swinton in 1911-1912. Only the church hall was built and this has been used for worship ever since. An old Volunteer, he became Major in the 6th Manchester Battalion and remained with the Battalion after the Territorial scheme came into operation, retiring in 1911 with the title Lieutenant Colonel. On the outbreak of the First World War Colonel Cunliffe for a time acted as inspector of hospitals in East Lancashire, and worked hard to gain recruits for the Territorials. When he was given command of the 9th Reserve he soon brought it up to full strength.

Thomas Hethorn Cunliffe died suddenly on 25 May 1915 and was buried in the family plot at St Paul’s Church. Kersal Moor on 27 May 1915

1895-1911    Thomas Hethorn Cunliffe. architect & surveyor. 2 John Dalton Street

1881-1895:    1, Dophin Place, Ardwick, Manchester
1903-1911     “The Warren,” Wood Street, Whalley Range, Manchester.

Obituary        Manchester City News 29 May 1915 Page 7


Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Headquarters Royal Army Medical Volunteer Corps. Whalley Range  Manchester  GMCA  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Heywood and Cunliffe Associated Architects 1911 1912 Manchester