Benjamin Ferrey

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Benjamin Ferrey
Born (1810-04-01)1 April 1810
Christchurch, Hampshire
Died 22 August 1880(1880-08-22) (aged 70)
5 Inverness Terrace, London
Nationality British

Benjamin Ferrey, FSA, FRIBA (1810–80) was an English architect who worked mostly in the Gothic Revival.

Family[edit]

Benjamin Ferrey was the youngest son of Benjamin Ferrey Snr, a draper who became Mayor of Christchurch.[1] He was educated at Wimborne Grammar School.

In 1836 Benjamin married Ann Lucas. They had two daughters, Alicia and Annie, and one son, Benjamin Edmund Ferrey. Benjamin Edmund also became an architect, studying under his father and then assisting in his work.

Career[edit]

After grammar school, Ferrey went to London to study under Augustus Charles Pugin and alongside Pugin's son Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.

In his early twenties Ferrey toured continental Europe, then studied further in the office of William Wilkins. He started his own architectural practice in 1834, in Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London. Some of the earliest work of his practice was in the design of the new seaside resort of Bournemouth. The business grew rapidly and was very successful, with Ferrey designing and restoring or rebuilding many Church of England parish churches. Ferrey also designed private houses and public buildings, including a number of Tudor Revival ones in the earlier part of his career.[2]

Charles Eastlake in his History of the Gothic Revival described Ferrey as "one of the earliest, ablest, and most zealous pioneers of the modern Gothic school" and said his work "possessed the rare charm of simplicity, without lacking interest".[3]

Ferrey was twice Vice-President of the Royal Institute of British Architects and in 1870 was awarded a Royal Gold Medal. He was Diocesan Architect to the Diocese of Bath and Wells from 1841 until his death, carrying out much of the restoration work on Wells Cathedral. He was also appointed Honorary Secretary to the Architects' Committee for the Houses of Parliament.

Work[edit]

Buildings[edit]

All Saints' parish church, Blackheath, built 1857–67
Ferrey's two chapels at Jumper's Cemetery, Christchurch
  • St. Giles' parish church, Barlestone, Leicestershire, 1855[50]
  • St. Paul's parish church, Scropton, Derbyshire, 1855–56[51]
  • Chapels at Ocklynge cemetery, Eastbourne, East Sussex, 1857[52]
  • All Saints parish church, Blackheath, London, 1857–67[53]
  • Christ Church, Eastbourne, East Sussex, 1859[54]
  • Grammar School, Morpeth, Northumberland, 1859[55]
  • Chase Cliffe house, Crich, Derbyshire, 1859–61[56]
  • Bulstrode Park, Buckinghamshire: house, 1862[57]
  • Christchurch Priory, Hampshire: restoration including porch vaulting, 1862[1]
  • St. Mary's parish church, Eling, Hampshire: restoration, 1863–65[58]
  • St. Mary and St. Peter's parish church, Pett, East Sussex, 1864[59]
  • St. Mary's parish church, Warmington, Northamptonshire: restored chancel, 1865[60]
  • St Michael and All Angels' church, Chetwynd, Shropshire, 1865-7[61]
  • All Hallows' parish church, Whitchurch, Hampshire: restoration, 1866[62]
  • St. Michael's parish church, Otterton, Devon: rebuilt 1869–71[63]
  • Christ Church parish church and vicarage, Colbury, Hampshire, 1870[64]
  • St. James' parish church, Birlingham, Worcestershire: rebuilt 1871–72[65]
  • St. John the Evangelist, Holdenhurst, Hampshire (now Dorset): chancel, 1873[66]
  • St. Mary's parish church, Bransgore, Hampshire: chancel, 1873[67]
  • St. Mary's parish church, Tarrant Hinton, Dorset: chancel, 1874[68]
  • St Mary's Church, Wingham 1874-1875
  • Parish Church of St Luke, Burton, Christchurch, Dorset (1874-1876)[69]
  • Holy Trinity parish church, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, 1875–76[70]
  • Christchurch Priory, Hampshire: nave gallery[1]
  • Jumpers' Cemetery, Christchurch, Hampshire (now Dorset): arched gateway and two chapels[71]

Publications[edit]

  • Ferrey, Benjamin; Brayley, E. W. (1834). The Antiquities of the Priory of Christchurch: Consisting of Plans, Elevations, Sections, Details, and Perspective Views. [1]
  • Ferrey, Benjamin (1861). Recollections of A. N. Welby Pugin and his father Augustus Pugin; with notices of their works. London: Edward Stanford. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 169
  2. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 55
  3. ^ Eastlake, 1872, page 220
  4. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 418
  5. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 117
  6. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 130
  7. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page
  8. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 183
  9. ^ a b Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 423
  10. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 191
  11. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 179
  12. ^ Pevsner & Richmond, 1957, pages 214–215
  13. ^ Pevsner & Cherry, 1975, page 255
  14. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 488
  15. ^ Pevsner & Wedgwood, 1966, page 326
  16. ^ Pevsner & Cherry, 1975, page 166
  17. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 724
  18. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 94
  19. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 282
  20. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 266
  21. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 308
  22. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 616
  23. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 243
  24. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 563
  25. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 182
  26. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 733
  27. ^ Pevsner & Wedgwood, 1966, page 201
  28. ^ Pevsner, 1960/73, page 188
  29. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 317
  30. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 637
  31. ^ Pevsner & Richmond, 1957, page 292
  32. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 176
  33. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 448
  34. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 634
  35. ^ Pevsner, 1960/73, pages 223–224
  36. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 845
  37. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 123
  38. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 88
  39. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 562
  40. ^ Pevsner, 1960/73, page 100
  41. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 147
  42. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, pages 253–254
  43. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 801
  44. ^ Pevsner, 1960/73, page 237
  45. ^ Pevsner, 1960/73, page 160
  46. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 675
  47. ^ Pevsner & Cherry, 1961/73, page 176
  48. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 443
  49. ^ Pevsner, 1968, page 150
  50. ^ Pevsner, 1960, page 59
  51. ^ Pevsner & Williamson, 1978, page 315
  52. ^ "Ocklynge cemetery chapel". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  53. ^ "Blackheath, All Saints". Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  54. ^ Nairn & Pevsner, 1965, page 486
  55. ^ Pevsner & Richmond, 1957, page 215
  56. ^ Pevsner & Williamson, 1978, page 157
  57. ^ Pevsner, 1960/73, page 77
  58. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 207
  59. ^ Elleray, 2004, page 44
  60. ^ Pevsner & Cherry, 1961/73, page 446
  61. ^ "Church of St Michael & All Angels". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 18 June 1959. 
  62. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 650
  63. ^ Pevsner & Cherry, 1989, page 614
  64. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, pages 180–181
  65. ^ Pevsner, 1968, page 87
  66. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 295
  67. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 142
  68. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 417
  69. ^ "Parish Church of St Luke (list entry number - 1154270)". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  70. ^ Newman & Pevsner, 1972, page 181
  71. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 178

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