Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Lanyon
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 January 1813
Died: 31 May 1889
Bio Notes: Charles Lanyon was born on 6 January 1813 in Eastbourne, Sussex. He was articled in North Wales to Jacob Owen, whose daughter he later married. He settled in Ireland where he became County Surveyor of Kildare in 1835, and was County Surveyor of Antrim from 1836 to 1860. He worked in partnership with his former apprentice and clerk of works William Henry Lynn from 1854 onwards. His son John was articled to the firm and was taken into partnership in 1860.

The firm had a formidable success rate in competitions winning that for Trinity Church Edinburgh in 1858, the parliament building at Sydney New South Wales 1861 (not built) and Chester Town Hall 1863. It also won a gold medal at the Royal Exhibition of 1867.

When the Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon partnership was dissolved in 1872, Lanyon and his son continued in partnership.

Charles Lanyon was prominent in public life, being Mayor of Antrim in 1862, President of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland from 1862 to 1868, and Grand Master of the Antrim Masons. He received a knighthood. He died on 31 May 1889 at The Abbey, White Abbey, Antrim, and was buried in Newtonbreda.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Eastbourne, Sussex, EnglandPrivate1813Before 1835Place of birth
Item 2 of 4WalesPrivateAfter 1813Before 1835 
Item 3 of 4County Kildare, EireBusiness18351835 or 1836 
Item 4 of 4Belfast, Northern IrelandBusiness1836  

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 2Lanyon & Lynn18541860Partner 
Item 2 of 2Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon18601872Partner 

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 3Thomas Turnerc. 1840c. 1850Senior Assistant 
Item 2 of 3William Henry Lynn1846c. 1851Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3William Henry Lynnc. 18511854Clerk of Works 

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 21857Cally Estate, Cally Palace and other estate buildingsGatehouse of Fleet KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAdditions of chapel and conservatory to west wing
Item 2 of 21858Trinity Church  EdinburghScotlandWon open competition (joint first place with Haswell & Johnson?) - not built


Bibliographic References

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