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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Worthington
Designation: Architect
Born: 11 April 1826
Died: 9 November 1909
Bio Notes: Thomas Worthington was born in Salford on 11 April 1826, the son of Thomas Worthington, a prosperous warehouseman and his wife Susannah. The family were dissenters, and their sons were educated at Dr Beard's School. In 1839 Thomas was articled to Henry Bowman, also a member of the Cross Street Chapel, and remained with him until April 1847. During his time there he won the RIBA Silver Medal essay prize in 1846. It brought the offer of a place with Sir William Tite which he took up, supervising his station at Carlisle and possibly others on the Caledonian lines to Glasgow and Edinburgh under Tite's senior assistant Arthur Green.

In February 1848 Worthington and Henry Astley Darbishire commenced a study tour of France Italy and Belgium. On his return in the autumn he set up practice in King Street, Manchester in February 1849 on Tite's advice. There he quickly became a technologically advanced Italianate and continental gothic designer and in 1855 took on as his assistant John Garrard Elgood, born at Leicester in 1833/34 who had also been articled to Bowman and had subsequently been assistant to Joseph Stretch Crowther of Manchester from 1848. Worthington was admitted FRIBA on 3 April 1865 and Elgood ARIBA on 9 February 1874, his proposers being Worthington, Edward Salomans and Robert Jewell Withers. Elgood was taken into partnership in 1881 and was admitted FRIBA on 13 January 1890, but died at Swiss Cottage, Bowden, Manchester on 8 March 1893.

Worthington retired in 1907 and died at his home, Broomfield, Alderley Edge on 9 November 1909. The practice was continued by his sons Percy Scott Worthington, born 1864 who became a partner in 1891 and his much younger brother John Hubert Worthington, born 1886 who had been an assistant to Lutyens in 1912-1913 before being taken into partnership in the family firm. Thomas Locke Worthington was a nephew but practised separately following periods as an assistant to George Aitchison and John Loughborough Pearson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1King Street, Manchester, EnglandBusinessFebruary 1849  

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 5Henry Bowman18391846Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Henry Bowman and Joseph Stretch Crowther1846April 1847Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 5(Sir) William Tite18471848Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Worthington & Elgood18811893Partner 
Item 5 of 5Thomas Worthington & Son18931907Partner 

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 2John Garrard Elgood18551881Assistant 
Item 2 of 2(Sir) Percy Scott WorthingtonOctober 1886(?)Before 1891(?)Apprentice 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4John Garrard Elgood9 February 1874for Associateship
Item 2 of 4Edward Graham Paley1871for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4George Tunstal Redmayne1872for Associateship
Item 4 of 4George Tunstal Redmayne1877For Fellow

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 21881Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandFourth premiated competition design for second competition
Item 2 of 21893Bridgnorth and South Shropshire InfirmaryBridgnorth ShropshireEnglandSecond premiated competition design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Grove Dictionary of Art Grove Dictionary of Art  Refers to Thomas Locke Worthington (middle name not given)
Item 2 of 2Pass, Anthony J1988Thomas Worthington, Victorian Architecture and Social Purpose   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder12 November 1909  Obituary
Item 2 of 3Builder20 November 1909  Obituary
Item 3 of 3Building News12 November 1909  Obituary


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