Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Bilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 September 1858
Died: 15 December 1943
Bio Notes: John Bilson was born on 23 September 1858 in Newark and was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield. He served his articles with William Botterill in Hull from 1873-77 and was taken into partnership by Botterill in 1881, the firm becoming Botterill Son & Bilson. As Botterill's son had died in 1879 he was effectively the main active partner and took over the practice completely on Botterill's retirement in 1899. Bilson was admitted ARIBA in 1881 and FRIBA in 1891.

Bilson applied his extensive historical knowledge of Medieval Gothic to restoring Anglican churches. Durham University conferred a D.Litt on him in 1925 for his work on the dating of rib vaulting in the Cathedral which he argued was earlier than French examples. He won the Grande Medalille de Vermeuil from the Societe Francaise d'Archaeologie in 1926.

He retired in 1930 and died on 15 December 1943.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 123, Parliament Street, Hull, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1921 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

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 1Andrew Rankine2 March 1920After 1922Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Andrew RankineLate 1922for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1921The RIBA Kalendar 1921-1922 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder24 December 1940  p507 Obituary
Item 2 of 3RIBA Journal1944 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp94
Item 3 of 3Yorkshire Archaeological Journal194736 pp253-259