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Frank Shayler

Frank Hearn Shayler
Llanidloes Town Hall by Frank Shayler 1908
Born 1854
London, England
Died 1954
?Shrewsbury, England
Nationality English
Alma mater Science and Arts Schools at Banbury and New Cross, London
Occupation Architect
Practice Shayler and Ridge
Buildings Llanidloes Town Hall; Free Library, Newtown.

Frank Shayler or Frank Hearn Shayler (1854–1954) was a Shrewsbury-based architect who worked in an Arts and Crafts style. He was in partnership with Thomas Ridge, and they also had offices in Oswestry and Welshpool.


He was originally articled in 1884 to Edwin Lawrence Elgar of Ramsgate and then studied at the Science and Arts Schools at Banbury and New Cross, London. In 1890 he joined the practice of W H Spaull in Welshpool and formed a parternship with Spaull in 1893 but shortly afterwards formed his own practice at Bridge House in Welshpool and at Oswestry. In 1899 he moved to Clive Chambers in Shrewsbury and in 1902 built a house for himself at the Mount.[1] He continued his offices in Welshpool and Oswestry in partnerships with Madoc-Jones and Henry Ridge. His main practice was in Shrewsbury, later taking into partnership R Milverton Drake and J Stuart Wilkes. This partnership was dissolved in October 1933.[2]

Works include


Tabernacle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel by Shayler and Ridge 1904
Seion Methodist Chapel, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
  • Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant Seion Wesleyan Chapel, by Shayler and Ridge, 1904. Seion Methodist Chapel, Llanrhaeadr-ym-mochnant, was first opened 1834, classrooms were added in 1870, a chapel house and detached Sunday School in 1892. The present chapel is a rebuild dated 1904, designed by architects Shayler and Ridge of Oswestry. It is a stone-built, slate-roofed chapel, built in the Arts & Crafts Gothic style with a gable entry plan. Seion is now Grade 2* Listed as an unusually fine Arts and Crafts chapel design which is amongst the best in Wales. [4]
  • Montgomery Baptist Chapel. Princes Street. By Shayler and Edmunds. 1900. Demolished 1966.[5][6]

Restoration of Historic Buildings

  • Machynlleth Glyndwr Parliament Building. Possibly restored this for Lord Davies at the same time as the building of the adjacent Glyndwr Institute.[7]
Mermaid Inn, Welshpool
  • Welshpool The Mermaid Inn, 28 High Street, Welshpool. Very probably an early 16th century merchant’s house, placed on a burgage plot between the High Street and Alfred Jones Court. Timber framed building with long storehouse or wing to the rear. The frontage was remodelled c1890, by Shayler. Early illustrations of the building show that prior to this it had a thatched roof, and that the timbering was not exposed. Two bay building. Passage to side with heavy box-framing in square panels, with brick infil exposed in side elevation and in rear wing. The frontage has been exposed by Shayler to show decorative timber work on the upper storey, divided by a middle rail, with cusped close-studding below, and quatrefoils above. Inside a room in frontage range has ceiling with transverse and axial beams, all with step-stopped chamfers. Similar stop-chamfered joists. [8]

Public Buildings


  • Wem Public Library, Aston Street. 1905[9]


Robert Owen Memorial Museum, Newtown. Former Free Library bt Frank Shayler 1902.
  • Newtown former Free Library, Newtown 1902. – now contains Robert Owen Museum. The Broad Street frontage was funded by the Co-operative movement while the Art Nouveau frontage, partly facing ?? was funded by public subscription frontage [11]


  • Oswestry. National Provincial Bank (Abbey National) 1905-6[12]


Priory Road- Sixth Form College, (F Shayler and J A Swan). 1910-1
  • Shrewsbury, Priory Road- Now Sixth Form College, (F Shayler and J A Swan). William & Mary Style 1910-1[13]
  • Telford New College, King Street (former Girls High School) (F Shayler and J A Swan) 1911-2.[14]



  • Bridgenorth Wenlock Road. Group of houses Graycott /Garth [15]
  • Gobowen The Old Rectory.
  • Oswestry Morda Road (attributed) Villas: Mair Wen Edenholme.[16]
  • Shrewsbury: The Mount, (South side) Nos.71, 73 AND 75 The Red House (73)Terrace of 3 houses. Dated 1902. By Frank Shayler, No.73, The Red House, for himself. Red brick with some tile hanging and plain tile roof with brick ridge and end stacks. Arts and Crafts style.[17][18]
  • Shrewsbury Shelton. Group of Arts and Crafts House in a 1920’s development.[19]



  • Pentre Bychan, pair of houses on Pentre Bychan Road, in the grounds of the former Pentrebychan Hall. 1936. Originally intended to be a group of twelve, but construction was halted by the Second World War.


  1. ^ Antonia Brodie (ed) Directory of British Architects, 1834–1914: Vol. 2 (L-Z), 594, British Architectural Library, Royal Institute of British Architects, 2001
  2. ^ London Gazette 3rd Nov 1933
  3. ^ ”Scourfield and Haslam”,154
  4. ^ ”Scourfield and Haslam”,181
  5. ^ A & J Welton ”The Story of Montgomery”, Logaston Press, 203, 42 illustrated
  6. ^ ”Scourfield and Haslam”, 196
  7. ^ ”Scourfield and Haslam”, 196
  8. ^ ”Scourfield and Haslam”, 270
  9. ^ J Newman and N Pevsner “The Buildings of England: Shropshire”, Yale 2006, 675
  10. ^ ”Scourfield and Haslam”,170
  11. ^ ”Scourfield and Haslam”, 224
  12. ^ “Newman and Pevsner” 460
  13. ^ “Newman and Pevsner” 544
  14. ^ “Newman and Pevsner” 654
  15. ^ “Newman and Pevsner” 170
  16. ^ “Newman and Pevsner” 463
  17. ^
  18. ^ “Newman and Pevsner” 584
  19. ^ “Newman and Pevsner” 593
  20. ^ “A & J Welton”, 19


  • Antonia Brodie (ed), Directory of British Architects, 1834–1914: 2 Vols, British Architectural Library, Royal Institute of British Architects, 2001
  • J Newman and N Pevsner The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Yale 2006,
  • R Scourfield and R Haslam The Buildings of Wales: Powys; Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, Yale University Press 2013.

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