(b London, Aug 7, 1904; d London, Nov 30, 1973).
English architect. The son of a mechanical engineer, his architectural vocation developed during long periods of childhood illness. He entered the Architectural Association School, London, in 1921, then served in the office of Percy Morley Horder (1870–1944), and commenced practice in 1928, in partnership with Bertram Hume (1901–77) until 1939. A curious early work, with Hilda Mason (1880–1955), is the church of St Andrew, Felixstowe (1931), a modernized Perpendicular Gothic design with concrete frame and brick panels. Erith’s adherence to classicism was manifested in numerous competition designs, but he had few opportunities to build. In 1936 he rebuilt Great House, Dedham, Essex, for his father-in-law, closely following the original style of c. 1825. His lodges and cottages for Windsor Great Park, Berks (1939; see Archer, pl. 69), were destroyed by a bomb soon after completion and were altered in reconstruction.
Erith spent World War II farming in Essex, returning to practice in Ipswich, Suffolk, in ...