Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Gibbons Sankey
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 May 1860
Died: 1 December 1898
Bio Notes: Widely considered an architect of unusual promise and ability, Joseph Gibbons Sankey, MA., FRIBA came of an old Salopian family. He was born in Salford in 1860, the son of John Sankey, of Southport. and resided nearly all his life in Blackley near Manchester, his native village. He served his articles in Manchester with Albert William Smith in 1876 before studying architecture in the Royal Academy School and in the office of Colonel Edis, London. He was awarded numerous honours as a student, including the the Sharpe Prize in 1882-1883, the Pugin Studentship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1884, the Association Travelling Studentship, and various other medals and prizes. He entered Christ’s College Cambridge, in 1884, graduating BA in 1887 and afterwards proceeding to the MA. degree. During his Cambridge career he designed the Simpson Memorial Building at Moston, north of Manchester.

J Gibbons Sankey commenced independent practice in Manchester in 1889. In a career spaning less than a decade his principal works included the head office of the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire in Mosley Street, extensions to the Municipal School of Art in Cavendish Street, the Branch Free Library in Chester Road, and the Primitive Methodist College at Alexandra Park, all in Manchester. Completed shortly before his death was the great new warehouse of Tootal Broadhurst Lee and Company Limited in Oxford Street Manchester.

He became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1897 and shortly before his death moved to “Bollinhurst,” Disley. Here he died after a brief spell of peritonitis on 1st December 1898 and was interred at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery. He had married Fanny Young Sillifant in 1889. The couple had one daughter, Marjorie Gibbons Sankey. After his death the firm was continued by his assistant John Cubbon and Thomas William Cubbon as Sankey, Cubbon & Cubbon

Private and Business Addresses

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 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Manchester, EnglandBusiness   

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 1James Lindsay GrantAfter 1896Before 1900Assistant 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder10 December 1898  p535 - obituary
Item 2 of 3Manchester Guardian3 December 1898  p11 - obituary
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal1899v 6London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp78-9

Archive References

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 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3 Manchester Architects 1800-1940  
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Toni LedenInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent May 2012
Item 3 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths