Walter Scott

Place of Birth
Liverpool, Birkenhead

  • Birth date            30 August 1815
  • Christening         19 September 1815 at Oldham Street Presbyterian, Liverpool
  • Marriage              1 April 1845 to Sarah Hutton at St Mary’s Church, Birkenhead
  • Death date          26 March 1884 at Claremont, Trull, Taunton

Walter Scott was born in Liverpool, the son of Thomas and Jane Scott in August 1815. He was articled to George Smith in Edinburgh, before returning to Liverpool to commence independent practice. Scott was known to have been a prolific designer in the Birkenhead district, although few buildings can be definitively attributed to him. The Market Cross (near the tunnel entrance on Cross and Market Streets) in Birkenhead, General Hospital (1862 3), Park Road North and the main building of Birkenhead School (1871) are examples of his larger buildings. His churches include Christ Church, Kings Road, Higher Bebington (1857-59) and an octagonal Methodist church (1861) on the site of the Methodist Church in Tranmere. Other works include Wroxhall Abbey, Irwell Bank, and Hart Hill for James Dugdale and Broughton Hall. West Derby (1858-59). Walter Scott is also thought to have designed a large number of the earlier private houses in Birkenhead Park.

He married on 1 April 1845 - "On Tuesday last at St Mary's Church Birkenhead, Walter Scott Esq Architect, to Sarah, daughter of Robert Hutton Esq, of Clifton Park, Tranmere" [Liverpool Mercury 4 April 1845]. By 1881 he had retired and was living with his wife Sarah and four servants at Milligan Hall, Bishops Hull, Taunton Somerset.  Sarah died suddenly in January 1884, Walter surviving her by only two months.

 His pupils included:

Thomas Seaton Scott -  His younger brother Thomas Seaton Scott, born in 1826, emigrated to Montreal about 1854 and became first Chief Architect of the Department of Public Works in Canada. Details of Thomas's training are not yet known with certainty, but he was working with Walter in Liverpool in 1853.

Charles Harrison Townsend - Charles Harrison Townsend was born in Birkenhead on 13 May 1851 and died in Northwood, Middlesex on 26 December 1928. He was educated at Birkenhead School and articled to the Liverpool architect Walter Scott (c1811 75) in 1870. With his family Townsend moved to London in 1880 and was initially associated with William Eden Nesfield but by 1883 he was working for Thomas Lewis Banks (c1842 1920) with whom he entered partnership in 1884. He was practising on his own account in 1888 and in the same year he was elected a Fellow of the RIBA and a member of the Art Workers’ Guild . He was to maintain ties with both throughout his career. He arranged Guild trips to northern Europe and northern Italy, gathering information on mosaics on which he lectured and wrote extensively. As an architect, Townsend is best known for the Horniman Museum and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

1853    Thomas Scott and Thomas Seaton Scott, architects, Barned Buildings, 3 Sweating Street, Liverpool
1868    3, Sweeting Street, Liverpool
1868    3, Sweeting Street, Liverpool

1841    Bridge Street, Birkenhead (census)
1851    136 Clifton Park Birkenhead
1871    “The Gables,” 78 Slatey Road.
1881    Milligan Hall, Bishops Hull, Taunton Somerset.
1884    Claremont, Trull, Taunton, Somerset (probate)

Reference  :  Donald Insall Associates 2004, in Birkenhead Park Appraisal Wirral Borough Council, 2009
Reference  :  Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

NOTE - This entry extensively revised and expanded June 2019 following extensive research by Beryl Patten.


Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Church of St James, Eccles Old Road, Hope, Pendleton Hope  Salford  GMCA  England
Hart Hill, Eccles Old Road Pendleton Pendleton  Salford  GMCA  England
Wroxall (or Wroxhall) Abbey Warwickshire   Warwick  Warwickshire  England
Clifton Park Estate Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
Restoration: Church of St Myllin , Llanfyllin near Welshpool: Restoration Llanfyllin  near Welshpool  Powys  Wales
Day Schools, Thurstaston Thurstaston  Wirral  Merseyside  England
"Market Cross," Cross Street and Albion Street, Birkenhead Birkenhead  Wirral  Merseyside  England
“Hillfields,” Hermit’s Hill, Burghfield, near Reading, Berkshire Burghfield  near Reading  Berkshire  England
Methodist Church, (The Pepperpot), Church Road, Tranmere   Tranmere  Merseyside  England
General Hospital, Park Road North, Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
School for St Mary’s Church, Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
St Paul’s Church, Argyle Street, Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
“The Gables,” Slatey Road, Claughton Park, Birkenhead Claughton Park  Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
Birkenhead School, Shrewsbury Road, Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
Music Hall, Claughton Road and Atherton Street. Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
Church of St James, Laird Street, Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
St James National School, Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
Broughton Hall, West Derby, Liverpool West Derby  Liverpool  Merseyside  England
Irwell Bank, Eccles New Road, Ladywell, Salford Ladywell  Salford  GMCA  England
First United Presbyterian Church, Grange Road West, Birkenhead   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
Gymnasium, Myrtle Street, Liverpool   Liverpool  Merseyside  England
St Catherine's National Schools, The Holt   Tranmere  Merseyside  England
Birkenhead Park   Birkenhead  Merseyside  England
Trinity Church National Schools, Southport   Southport  Merseyside  England