Basic Biographical Details

Name: Benjamin Ferrey
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 April 1810
Died: 22 August 1880
Bio Notes: Benjamin Ferrey was born at Christchurch, Hampshire on 1 April 1810 and educated at Wimbourne Grammar School. He was articled to Augustus Charles Pugin in 1825 or 1826 and became a fellow pupil and friend of Pugin's son Augustus Welby Pugin and made drawings for their books, his memories of these years being published as 'Recollections of A W N Pugin' in 1861. In 1832 or 1833 he was engaged by William Wilkins who gave him his first practical experience of actual building. He established his own practice in 1834, initially in partnership with Thomas Larkins Walker and early became one of the preferred architects of the Ecclesiological Society. He was admitted FRIBA on 7 January 1839 with an impressive roll call of proposers which included Charles Barry, and was the Institute's Royal Gold Medallist in 1870.

Ferrey's son Edmund Benjamin Ferrey joined the practice as an apprentice in June 1862.

Benjamin Ferrey died in London on 22 August 1880.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, EnglandBusiness1838 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Augustus Charles Pugin1825 or 1826 Apprentice 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Billing18471849Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Edmund Benjamin FerreyJune 1862January 1869Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3William Henry Syme1867Before 1869Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Charles Buckeridge4 March 1861for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Richard Cromwell Carpenter12 December 1853for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Francis Thomas Dollman4 January 1846for Associateship
Item 4 of 6John Oldrid Scott2 December 1878for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John James Smith20 March 1882for Associateship
Item 6 of 6William Henry Syme1 November 1875for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 5c. 1840Bowhill HouseSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 2 of 51843St Mary's Episcopal ChurchDalkeith MidlothianScotlandFerrey made plans on the instruction of Rev Lord John Thynne, not used. Also designed reredos and font and superintended the carving of the capitals
Item 3 of 51846Holy Trinity Episcopal ChurchMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandDesigned the first set of plans
Item 4 of 51847Holy Trinity RectoryMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 5 of 51847Holy Trinity Rectory, stablesMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914