William Ernest Gill

Place of Birth


  • Born      July-Sept 1874 at Farnworth
  • Married  1903 Bertha Elsie Rimmer at Southport
  • Died       5 December 1942 at Southport

William Ernest Gill was born in 1874 at Farnworth, the son of Henry Gill, a contractor’s clerk and his wife May Ann. The family moved to Southport in 1876.  In 1891 he was an articled pupil 1891.  

Following Charles Openshaw’s death in 1899 his practice in Bury was continued by his brother Cecil Howard Openshaw and William Ernest Gill from the same address under the name of Openshaw and Gill until  29 May 1903 after which Gill practiced under his own name. He was elected LRIBA in 1911. By 1919 he had given up the office at Derby Chambers and henceforth is recorded under his home address. Known commissions cease in 1910.

William Ernest Gill removed to Southport about 1930 and died there on 5 December 1942.

1901    Openshaw and Gill 6 Fleet Street Bury
1903    William E Gill Derby Chambers 6 Fleet Street Bury
1913    William E Gill Derby Chambers 6 Fleet Street Bury

1881    32 Hart Street, Southport
1911    Bury
1919-1929     “Burnbrae” 2 Solness Road Bury
1933-1942    4 Montrose Drive Southport

Reference    The London Gazette, 19 June 1903 page 3876 - dissolution of partnership



Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Openshaw and Gill Architectural practice 1900 1903 Bury