Hayton, Lee & Braddock (Architects) Records

Scope and Content

The contents of the collection divide into three sections, of which the first is the largest:

  • Architects' files for diocesan work, relating chiefly to parsonage houses (vicarages) and church buildings. The files includecorrespondence, specifications, reports, accounts, plans and a few drawings and photographs. Most drawings have been retained by the practice. Of these files, the largest series relate to parsonage houses (HLB/Dv, not yet listed) or church buildings(HLB/Dch, listed).
  • Sets of architectural plans and drawings, relating chiefly to the work covered by the series of files. Reference HLB/Pl, not yet listed.
  • Miscellaneous photographs and other plans or drawings, in particular relating to Auckland Castle, Darlington St Paul, and an album of miscellaneous photographs and offprints of architectural articles compiled early/mid 20th century. Seecatalogue under HLB/1-3.

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Hayton, Lee & Braddock may have originated from the architectural practice run by Charles Hodgson Fowler (died December 1910) and his successor W.H. Wood from premises in The College, Durham City, in the precincts of DurhamCathedral. The same premises were later occupied by Cordingley & McIntyre, architects, a firm which was succeeded by Hayton & Lee (ca. 1971-1976) and then (from ca. 1977) the practice of Hayton, Lee & Braddock. The practice relocated toits Owengate premises in Durham City in ca.1955.

A number of partners in these practices served as architect to Durham Cathedral from the late 19th century onwards. Others did a good deal of work on ecclesiastical buildings in the diocese of Durham, and in ca.1945, or possibly from the 1930sonwards, Cordingley & McIntyre were also appointed surveyors to the diocese. The firm and its successors maintained this role until the retirement in ca.1989 of Alan Lee, who had latterly been the partner chiefly involved in the diocesan work.Thereafter the diocese decided that this survey work should be carried out in-house.


The practice kept their files in two main sequences, one for parsonage houses and one for churches. Within each sequence the files were numbered and arranged according to the system of parish reference numbers used by the Durham Diocesan Office. The files were deposited with the University in several overlapping numerical blocks buthave now been rearranged in their original sequences by parish number order and boxed.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the papers for purposes of private study and research is freely available to searchers, provided that they sign a declaration stating that they will abide by certain stipulated conditions relating to the use of the collection.

Acquisition Information

The series of parsonage-house files and church files were deposited on 4 December 1991, 18 February 1992 and 7 April 1992 by Hayton, Lee & Braddock, chartered architects and surveyors, of Owengate House, Durham City.

On 8 February 1995 three folders of architectural plans and drawings were transferred to this collection from the separate group of Hayton, Lee & Braddock Papers relating to Durham Cathedral and associated fabrics which had been depositedwith the Durham Dean and Chapter Muniments on 7 and 8 February 1995.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assistwhere possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material. In all cases, written permission must be obtained from Hayton, Lee & Braddock before any public use ismade of this material or copies of the material and credit must be given in a specified form for any such authorised use.


A large further deposit was received in November 2003 and other small groups of items have been sent since.

Related Material

Church Commission deposit of Durham Diocese Parsonage and Benefice records, reference CCP

Records of the Parsonages (formerly Dilapidations) Board of Durham Diocese, including parsonage house plans, under reference DDR/DA/DIL

Wood Plans and Drawings (Durham diocesan architect), reference WOD