Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Hodgson Fowler
Born: 2 March 1840
Died: 14 December 1910
Bio Notes: Charles Hodgson Fowler was born in Nottinghamshire on 2 March 1840 and apprenticed to Sir George Gilbert Scott. He was elected ARIBA on 20 November 1863 his proposers being G G Scott, E W Pugin and M D Wyatt; he became FRIBA on 10 May 1870, his proposers being Scott and Pugin again and R J Johnson. He commenced independent practice about 1863 from an address in Pimlico in London moving to Durham in 1864 to succeed E R Robson as Clerk of Works to Durham Cathedral, a post which was almost certainly secured through George Gilbert Scott who was architect to the Chapter. He remained in Durham for the rest of his life, the whole of his enormous practice being for the Church of England in the Diocesan of Durham (he is described in his obituary in the RIBA Journal as 'architect to the Dean and Chapter of Durham'), Nottinghamshire where he came from and Lincolnshire where his wife came from though he held the posts of architect to Rochester Cathedral from 1898 and to Lincoln Cathedral from 1890 and at some point being diocesan architect for Lincoln, York and Durham. He died on 14 December 1910. His practice was taken over by W H Wood who moved to Newcastle and went into partnership with Oakley.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 32, St George's Road, Pimlico, London, EnglandBusiness1863 *  
Item 2 of 3Durham, EnglandBusiness1870 *  
Item 3 of 3The College, Durham, EnglandBusiness1906 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Edward Hutchinson18861890Apprentice 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Francis Robert Newton Haswell6 January 1873for Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Edward Pearson Peterson3 January 1881for Fellowship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 11909St Andrew's Episcopal CathedralInverness Inverness-shireScotlandChoir stalls with Ross


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Clarke, Basil F H Church builders of the 19th century   
Item 3 of 5Dixon, Roger and Muthesius, Stefan1978Victorian Architecture London: Thames & Hudson 
Item 4 of 5Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell 
Item 5 of 5Wickstead, J2001C Hodgson Fowler: Durham Architect and his churches Durham County Local History Society 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder24 December 1910  Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal24 December 1910XVIIILondon: Royal Institute of British Architectsp142 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Durham CROHodgson Fowler Business Papers D/HF/1-169
Item 2 of 2Tyne & Weir ArchiveBusiness Records of Wood & Oakley, Architects 52/1/1-108 and DT.WO/1-8