Birth16 Jul 1881, Dorchester, Dorset
Death8 Mar 1936, Hindhead, Surrey
Burial12 Mar 1936, Churchyard of Winterborne Thornton church, Dorset
FatherRev Charles Francis Powys (1843-1923)
MotherMary Cowper Johnson (1849-1914)
Notes for Albert Reginald Powys
In the 1901 census he was living at the Vicarage, Montacute, Somerset with his parents; he was 19 and born in Dorchester, Dorset.

His birth, eventually on FreeBMD:

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page
Births Sep 1881 (>99%)
Powys Albert Reginald Dorchester 5a 329

In the 1911 census, he had a modest household and stated that, after 5 years, 10 months of marriage, he and his wife had had one and only one child (whose surname he forgot to insert):

Name Relation Condition/ Yrs married Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where Born

POWYS, Albert Regenald Head Married M 29 1882 Architect Dorchester
POWYS, Dorothy Mary Wife Married F 28 1883 Leeds Heading
, Isobel Daughter F 5 1906 Hammerworth London
O NEILL, Bernard Price Visitor Married M 45 1866 Doctor Bayswater, London

RG number: RG14 Piece: 2153
Reference: RG14PN2153 RG78PN74 RD26 SD1 ED10 SN211

Registration District: Wandsworth Sub District: East Battersea
Enumeration District: 10 Parish: Battersea

Address: 47 Albert Palace Mansions Lurline Gardens Battersea SW
County: London

His death:

Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
Deaths Mar 1936 (>99%)
Powys Albert R 54 Surrey S.W. 2a 613

His burial (Somerset & Dorset FHS):

Year: 1936
Birth day:
Birth month:
Birth year: 1881
Forenames: Albert Reginald
Surname: POWYS
Place: Montacute
Dedication: St Catherine
County: Somerset
Country: England
Type: Headstone
Reference: 184
Notes: Son of Charles Francis and Mary Cowper Powys. See also GREY and PENNY.

On Fri 13 March 1935, this obituary was included in the Western Gazette on p.3:



“ Mr Albert Reginald Powys FSA, ARIBA, who dies at Hindhead on Monday, at the age of 54, had been secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings for nearly 25 Years.

“ He was the fourth son of the 11 children born to the late Rev C.F. Powys, sometime vicar of Montacute, Somerset, and was born on July 16th, 1881. He had non of the intense urge for literary expression of his brothers, John Cowper, Theodore and Llewelyn Powys says “The Times”; his calmer spirit early found satisfaction in work which he loved. Like John Cowper and Llewelyn, he was educated at Sherborne, and at the age of 18 he was articled to Mr C. B. Benson, architect, of Yeovil, with whom he remained for three years, and subsequently supervised repair works under Mr William Win, architect. He became secretary to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the “Anti-Scrap Society” in October 1911, and in the following year entered into partnership with Mr Thackeray Turner, of the firm of Balfour & Turner, architects, and a former secretary of the S.P.A.B. In 1925 he became senior partner in Powys and Macgregor, architects.

“ The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, which owed its origin in 1877 to William Morris, found in Mr Powys a man qualified by nature, experience and inclination to be an ideal secretary, and under his wise guidance its influence has greatly expanded. While he recognised that the mere fact that a building was old did not necessarily justify its preservation, he was always coming across unnecessary vandalism, committed or contemplated, but he learnt to control his natural indignation and to work by persuasion. Many of the delightful old cottages which have been preserved in various parts of the country owe their escape from destruction to the efforts of his society. He was an expert in judging whether by re-conditioning or adaptation an old building could be retained in its historic interest and beauty. One of the most recent in stances was his hearty support of the movement for the retention of All Hallows, the City church which has been the subject of so much controversy.

“ As a writer, My Powys possessed a simple and clear style suited to the subjects he expounded. He did not write much, but his books “Repair of Ancient Buildings,” “The English House,” and “The English Parish Church” are models of their kind, and have undoubtedly done much to spread a better understanding of old buildings. His recreation he described in “Who’s Who,” as “seeing country things.”

“ The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) in the churchyard of Winterbourne Thomson, Dorset. For the repair of this little church for the society Mr Powys himself accepted responsibility in 1930, and it is fitting that he should rest in its precincts.”
Notes for Albert Reginald & Dorothy Mary (Family)
The National Archive has this divorce record of 1929:

Item details J 77/2650/2326

: quick reference
J Records of the Supreme Court of Judicature and related courts
Division within J Records of the Family Division and predecessors
J 77 Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files
Subseries within J 77
J 77/2650

Record Summary
Scope and content
Divorce Court File: 2326. Appellant: Dorothy Mary Powys. Respondent: Albert Reginald Powys. Type: [WE].
Covering dates 1929
Availability Open Document, Open Description, Normal Closure before FOI Act: 30 years
Held by
The National Archives, Kew
Last Modified 7 Jan 2016Created 25 May 2017 by Tim Powys-Lybbe