Charles Worley

Charles H Worley (1853–1906)[1] was a British architect.

Crocker's Folly, 2016
The interior, 2001.

Early lifeEdit

Allinson puts forward that Charles Worley was the son of the architect Robert James Worley (1850–1930), of the architectural practice Worley & Saunders, who was "involved in all kinds of speculative developments". They are listed jointly as the architects of 41 Harley Street.[2] However, as Robert was born in 1850, and Charles was articled in 1870, a father and son relationship is most improbable. This is supported by the fact that Charles Worley was the son of Joshua Worley, a shipbroker based in London, as per his marriage certificate to Ellen Lambert Hall which took place on 22nd August 1878 in the Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, Lambeth, London. [3]

English Heritage also confirm, probably incorrectly that Robert and Charles were brothers.[4][3] This is unlikely since genealogical records show that Charles had two brothers, Joshua b. 1847, Francis b. 1849 and one sister, Ann b. 1851.

Worley was articled to Rowland Plumbe in 1870.[1]


In 1892, he was the architect for 42 Harley Street, London.[1]

From 1892–93, he built Wimpole House, at 28–29 Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London.[1]

In 1898, he built The Crown Hotel a Grade II* listed public house at 23–24 Aberdeen Place, St John's Wood, London, now known as Crocker's Folly.[5][6]


His surviving buildings include:[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pretty in Pink". Marylebone Journal. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Allinson, Kenneth (2008). The architects and architecture of London ([Minor rev. and corr.]. ed.). Oxford: Architectural. p. 274. ISBN 978-0750683371.
  3. ^ a b "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Ian and Colin Cairns, with Peter Eliot". 31 May 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  4. ^ Historic England. "99A Charing Cross Road (1393636)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Crocker's public house (1357150)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Crocker's Folly". London Canals. Archived from the original on 9 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.