1750 - The ‘Architects Practice’ as it is known today can be traced back to Brierley Groom of York, prior to this the architectural profession was one largely consisting of sole practitioners ‘architects’, who would also employ ‘pupils’, ‘assistants’ or ‘draughtsmen’.
While our Practice cannot lay claim to an existence as far back as Brierley Groom of York, our story does begin with Benjamin Ferry & George H. Crickmay.
1820 - Ferry & Crickmay were extensively involved in the programme of new building, which took the Country by storm at the turn of the nineteenth Century; works included church restorations and new buildings on a scale never seen before.
1846 - George R. Crickmay was articled to his father George H. Crickmay.
1850 - G. H. Crickmay found a new local rival in the name of John Hicks, a classical scholar who began practicing in Bristol (1837) before becoming the resident Architect of Dorchester, working out of 39 South Street.
1856 - A young man (the son of a local builder) became a ‘pupil’ of Architecture with John Hicks - his name was, of course, Thomas Hardy.
1858 - Crickmay & Son began practicing from St. Thomas Street, Weymouth. G. R. Crickmay became not only a locally renowned architect, but also worked extensively in London, with a registered address at 17 Parliament Street, Westminster.
1862 - Thomas Hardy leaves Hicks and continues his studies in the Practice of Sir Arthur Blomfield in London.
1867 - Thomas Hardy returns as Hicks’ assistant.
1869 - Following the death of John Hicks, his business is bought by George R. Crickmay and at this time with work still in abundance, Crickmay wrote to Thomas Hardy and asked for his assistance with those projects he had already started. Thomas Hardy duly accepted and continued to work in Dorchester for a further year, before leaving to concentrate solely on writing.
1871 - Samuel Jackson moves to Maiden Street in Weymouth, having moved from Luton and began practicing as S. Jackson & Sons and provided G. R. Crickmay with a new rival.
1872 - George L. Crickmay is articled to his father, G. R. Crickmay.
1877 - George L Crickmay becomes an assistant to Richard W. Drew, before travelling in France, Italy and Belgium.
1881 - George L. Crickmay returns to Weymouth and with his father began practicing as G. R. Crickmay and Sons.
1884 - G. R. Crickmay is proposed and becomes an F.R.I.B.A. and Samuel Jackson becomes a founder member of the Society of Architects, which in 1925 amalgamated with the R.I.B.A, to which he was given an honorary membership.
1888 - George L. Crickmay is proposed and becomes an F.R.I.B.A and also a member of the Architectural Association in London.
1892 - Sydney Jackson is articled to his father, Samuel Jackson, who had five sons all of whom adopted the same profession.
1895 - Jem Feacey who had been born in Dorchester returned having worked as an Architect in Reading and began practicing in South Walks, Dorchester.
1897 - Sydney Jackson moved to work in Worthing and Lancaster.
1911 - Sydney Jackson becomes a Licentiate of the R.I.B.A.
1913 - Sydney Jackson returns to Dorset.
Following the death of Jem Feacey aged just 47, his business is bought by Sydney Jackson and began practicing as Jackson, Son and Feacey in South Street, Dorchester. He was appointed as Diocesan Surveyor for Salisbury and held the position for 28 years.
1928 - Colin R. Crickmay having been articled to his father George L. Crickmay becomes an Associate of the R.I.B.A
1931 - Hugh. W. Crickmay having been articled to his father George L. Crickmay becomes an associate of the R.I.B.A.
1945 - George Steel who had been born in Weymouth returned having worked as an Architect in Walsall, Leeds and Pontefract and becomes a senior assistant with G. R. Crickmay and Sons.
1946 - Colin and Hugh Crickmay are proposed and become F. R. I. B. A.
1947 - George Steel becomes a member of the R.I.B.A and joins Sydney Jackson, together they begin practicing as Jackson and Steel, with offices in South Street, Dorchester and Dorchester Road, Weymouth.
1954 - John Frehe becomes a member of the R.I.B.A.
1956 - George Steel leaves having had his application for a Fellowship to the R.I.B.A accepted.
John Stark, who was born in Weymouth and educated at the Hardye’s school in Dorchester and the Portsmouth College of Art, having become a member of the R.I.B.A was invited by Sydney Jackson to join him in new offices in 51 High West Street, Dorchester and began practicing as Jackson & Stark.
Sydney Jackson at the age of 82 died a few months later leaving John Stark as a sole practitioner.
John Stark was later appointed as the Diocesan Surveyor for Salisbury and he was also the Architect for the Mill Street Housing Society.
1958 - Ronald Jones becomes a member of the R.I.B.A and completes his studies at the Architectural Association in London. He was later appointed as the Diocesan Surveyor for Salisbury.
1959 - Ronald Jones is invited by John Stark to join him initially on a part time basis to assist with the continuous steady stream of work.
1963 - Ronald Jones joins John Stark on a full time basis.
During the 1960’s John Frehe and Roy Fewtrell joined Crickmay & Sons as part of the expansion of the Practice.
1964 - Hugh and Colin Crickmay are joined by David Hedworth, John Frehe and Roy Fewtrell.
Crickmay & Sons move into 1 Frederick Place, Weymouth. They also open offices at 52 High West Street, Dorchester and at 3 Penn Hill, Yeovil.
Jackson & Stark move into 14 Princes Street and the Practice continues to grow.
1965 - Anthony Jaggard a sole practitioner from Lulworth, who had attended the Liverpool School of Architecture joined John Stark and Ronald Jones and began practicing as John Stark and Partners.
1968 - D. Hedworth leaves the Crickmay Practice and John Frehe becomes a Partner.
1969 - Roy Fewtrell becomes a member of the R.I.B.A.
1972 - Colin Crickmay retires and Roy Fewtrell becomes a partner and they began practicing as the Crickmay Partnership, with offices in Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil.
1977 - Hugh Crickmay retires and Stephen Hebb R.I.B.A joins the Crickmay Partnership.
Following the unexpected death of John Stark aged 53, Ron Jones and Anthony Jaggard along with a small workforce of assistants, technicians and secretaries continue with John Stark and Partners.
1978 - Crickmay Partnership’s Yeovil office moves to Court Ash, Yeovil.
1979 - Michael Howarth returns to John Stark and Partners, having spent summer vacations working at the Practice, before becoming a member of the R.I.B.A, having worked in Yorkshire, Nigeria and Oxford.
1982 - Stephen Hebb leaves Crickmay’s and the Dorchester office moves to 39 High West Street and the Weymouth office to 2 Frederick Place.
1978 - Crickmay’s close their office in Weymouth.
1993 - John Frehe retires from the Crickmay Partnership and the office at Yeovil is closed.
This leaves Roy Fewtrell as the sole Partner working with a small workforce at the offices in High West Street, Dorchester.
1999 - On the 1st October after much deliberation between the Partners of both Practices, possibly two of the best-known Architectural Practices in the Weymouth and Dorchester area became one when Roy Fewtrell, Ronald Jones and Anthony Jaggard became Consultants and Michael Howarth, Roger Hussey and Christopher Read became the new Partners in the John Stark and Crickmay Partnership.
And the rest, as they say, is history...