BRAND, Walter

1872 - 1958

Born at Ipswich on 28 December 1872, son of Edward Brand, draper, and his wife Harriet née Pumfret who married in 1866. In 1881 living at Friendly House, Tacket Street, Ipswich with his parents, 42 year old Edward, born Newton, Cambridgeshire and 41 year old Harriet, born Huntingdon, and his two siblings. Walter studied at Ipswich School of Art, Heatherley's School of Fine Art and at Bishop’s Stortford College and commenced work in his father’s drapery business before being articled to architect Brightwen Binyon [q.v.] and became his assistant. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1895-1898 and exhibited from Sunny Bank, Warrington Road, Ipswich several pictures and architectural works including in 1889 two watercolours 'Mount Orgeuil Castle, Jersey' and 'From our Cot to the Next' and architectural 'A Screen in Drinkstone Church', 'Long Melford Church', 'A Bay of Arcading. North Transept', 'Sketch of Caps, Lincoln Church and 3 'Designs for a Doctor's House' in 1896 a watercolour 'Snapshots with a Brush in Norway' and in 1897 'Designs for a Higher Grade School. In 1897, having set himself up in practice in Ipswich, and in association with John Shewell Corder [q.v.], won first prize for their work on the designs for the Higher Grade School, Ipswich. His Suffolk work included houses in Ipswich and Felixstowe. He married in 1897, Mary Ellen Fisk and after he was successful in a competition for the wholesale market at Leicester moved to that town but in 1901 was living with his parents at ‘Sunnybank’ Warrington Road, Ipswich. He was living at Leicester, 33 Bowling Green Lane (1903-1909) and ‘The Cottage’ Desford, Leicester in 1911, with two surviving of his four children, both born in Leicestershire, at that time his wife was a patient at the Homeopathic Hospital at 38 Princes Road, Leicester. They later lived at 16 Bishop’s Street, Leicester. A black & white artist he also exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists in 1924 from Leicester also exhibiting at Royal Institute of British Architects and Leicester Society of Artists. In 1939 a chartered architect living at Upper New Walk, Leicester with his wife Mary (born 5 May 1868-1954). He retired in 1953 and he died at Leicester in 1958, aged 86. His papers from 1898 are at Leicester Record Office (5D60)