Basic Biographical Details

Name: Dunn & Hansom
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1871
Ended: After 1903
Bio Notes: Archibald Matthias Dunn was born in 1832, the son of Matthias Dunn, Colliery Viewer and Government Inspector of Mines, and was brought up in a strict Catholic household. He was educated at Ushaw and Stoneyhurst and was articled to Charles Francis Hansom in Bristol, setting up business in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1854. Edward Joseph Hansom was taken into partnership in 1871. Hansom had been born on 22 October 1842, the son of Charles Francis Hansom and the nephew of Joseph Aloysius Hansom, and had been articled to his father in Bath in 1859 and taken into partnership in 1867, by which time the practice had moved to Bristol. He had remained there until joining Dunn in 1871.

Dunn's son, Archibald Manuel Dunn, had been taken into partnership in 1887. In 1894 W Ellison Fenwicke, who was a friend of Dunn, was also taken into partnership but the younger Dunn withdrew in 1903. Fenwicke continued the practice with various partners and under various styles, the final practice being Dunn Hansom & Fenwicke although Fenwicke by then was the only active partner.

The practice specialised in Catholic commissions and many local churches in the Newcastle area have some work by them.

Hansom died on 27 May 1900; Dunn died in 1917.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Archibald Matthias Dunn18711897Partner 
Item 2 of 3Edward Joseph Hansom18711900Partner 
Item 3 of 3William Ellison Fenwicke1894 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 41879Our Lady Star of the Sea RC ChurchNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 41889St Mary's RC Cathedral, military memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 41901St Patrick RC ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandNB 'Building News' reference gives architects as 'Maule & Hansom'
Item 4 of 41901St Patrick's RC ChurchStrathaven LanarkshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder2 June 1900  Obituary of Edward Joseph Hansom
Item 2 of 5Builder4 May 1917  Obituary of Archibald Matthias Dunn
Item 3 of 5Building News1 June 1900  Death notice of Edward Joseph Hansom
Item 4 of 5Building News8 June 1900  Obituary of Edward Joseph Hansom
Item 5 of 5RIBA Journal16 June 1900 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Edward Joseph Hansom