Sims, Ronald, 1926-2007, architect

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Sims, Ronald, 1926-2007, architect

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1926-2007

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Ronald Sims was born in Hull in 1926, the son of Claude and Jenny Sims. Educated at Nunthorpe Grammar School and then at Leeds School of Art, where he studied architecture, he joined the Royal Engineers as part of his National Service and was given charge of a military building project in Kiel, Germany.

He returned to England and qualified as an architect in 1952, joining the architectural practice of George Gaze Pace in York. Pace specialised in ecclesiastical architecture and his work included St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and Llandaff Cathedral. Pace and Sims worked together until Pace’s unexpected death in 1975, when Sims inherited the business.

Over his career, Sims worked on 13 cathedrals and more than 1000 churches. His notable work includes the interior of St Mary’s Church, Putney in 1983, and the Chapter House at Southwark Cathedral in 1989. At York he remodelled the interior of Heslington Church. He also sat on the Diocesan Advisory Committee for nearly 25 years and was a member of York Civic Trust.

In 1999 his contribution to church architecture was recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury who awarded him a Lambeth Degree.

Ronald Sims died in York in 2007.

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Pace, George Gaze, 1915-1975, architect (1915-1975)

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Church of England, Heslington, St. Paul, parish (fl 1299-)

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York Civic Trust (1946-)

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Church of England, New Malton, St. Michael, parish (1855-)

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Church of England, Monk Fryston, St. Wilfrid of Ripon, parish (fl 11th century-)

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Church of England, York, St. Mary, Castlegate, parish (fl 1604-)

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Church of England, York, St. Michael, Spurriergate, parish (fl 1088-)

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Church of England, York, St. Philip and St. James, parish (1871-)

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by S. A. Shearn, 11.04.17.

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Haydn Lewis, 'Top architect left legacy of church work' in The York Press, 11 November 2007.

'Obituary: Ronald Sims' in The Yorkshire Post, 17 November 2007.

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