Robert Richardson Banks

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Robert Richardson Banks (1812 – 14 December 1872) was a notable English architect of the mid 19th century who worked for many years in partnership with Charles Barry.

Banks was a pupil of William Atkinson before he joined the practice of Barry's father, Sir Charles Barry.


The Banks and Barry Partnership was established in 1847 when Charles junior left his father's practice with Banks, then senior assistant in the practice. For a time (1855–64), the partnership was based at 27 Sackville Street, London.[1] The pair managed numerous projects in London and East Anglia. The partnership was dissolved upon Banks's death in 1872. Sir Aston Webb was a pupil in the practice from 1866 to 1871.

Notable projects


  1. From: 'Sackville Street', Survey of London: volumes 31 and 32: St James Westminster, Part 2 (1963), pp. 342-66. URL: Date accessed: 24 May 2007.
  2. From: 'The Crown estate in Kensington Palace Gardens: Individual buildings', Survey of London: volume 37: Northern Kensington (1973), pp. 162-93. URL: Date accessed: 8 May 2007