Yelf, Cecil W.

Architect, born in London, but living in Norwich from 1878. He joined the St. Peter's WM Sunday School, became a teacher and eventually Superintendent. He was connected with the Sunday School for 50 years, until his resignation in 1928 because of other pressing duties.

He followed his father Henry Yelf into the firm of Edward Boardman and Son as an architect and quantity surveyor and became a partner in 1925. He drew the plans and supervised the building of Sprowston Road WM (1909), of Mile Cross church (1934) and of St. Peter's, Park Lane (1939), as well as for the alterations to Coltishall WM chapel in 1900.It was said of him that 'for more than 50 years he filled with distinction ... every important office in the church and Sunday School'; he was also a local preacher, circuit steward, and in 1930 President of the Norwich Sunday School Union. He was also a well-known singer and a member of the Norwich Triennial Music Festival for over 40 years.

  • The Builder, 13 October 1944, p.300
  • Norwich Methodist Magazine, vol. 12, no.11, November 1944
  • Directory of British Architects 1834-1914


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