Watson Fothergill

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Watson Fothergill's office at 15-17 George Street, Nottingham.

Watson Fothergill (12 July 1841 – 6 March 1928) was an English architect who designed over 100 unique buildings in Nottingham in the East Midlands of England, his influences were mainly from the Gothic Revival and Old English vernacular architecture styles.

His work dates from 1863 (when he set himself up in practice) to around 1912. His earliest surviving known building dates from 1866.

Early life[edit]

Born Fothergill Watson in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in 1841, he was the son of a wealthy Nottingham Lace merchant, Robert Watson and Mary Ann Fothergill. He changed his name to Watson Fothergill in 1892 in order to continue his maternal family name.


He married Anne Hage in 1867 at St John's Church in Mansfield. His father-in-law was Samuel Hage, one of the founding partners of Mansfield Brewery.

His half-brother was Robert Mackie Watson, chairman of the Mansfield Improvement Commission and the Brunts' Charity.

In the 1871 census he is listed as Fothergill Watson living at 29 Clifton Villas, Nottingham with wife Anne, daughters Marian (aged 2), Annie Forbes (aged 1), and one as-yet unnamed (aged 1 month). Four domestic servants are listed.

In the 1881 census he is listed as Fothergill Watson living at Mapperley Road, Nottingham with wife Anne, daughters Marian, Clarice, Annie F., Edith M., Eleanor F., and sons Samuel F., Harold H. Five domestic servants are listed.

In the 1901 census he is listed as Watson Fothergill living at 7 Mapperley Road, Nottingham.

In the 1911 census he is listed as Watson Fothergill living at 7 Mapperley Road, Nottingham with wife Anne and daughter Clarice (aged 33, single). A domestic cook, seamstress and three housemaids are also listed.

Statue (by Nathaniel Hitch) on the frontage of Watson Fothergill's office.


He is credited as having had a great impact on the architecture of the major British industrial city of Nottingham, and designed over a hundred buildings in the city, from offices, banks and warehouses, to churches and private dwelling houses.

His easily recognisable style includes the use of contrasting horizontal bands of red and blue brick, dark timber eaves and balconies, and elaborate turrets and stone carvings.

List of major works[1]

All Nottinghamshire unless otherwise stated.


  • Cemetery Chapels, High Street, Ongar (joint architect with Isaac Charles Gilbert) - 1866
Villa at Bridgegate in Retford


  • Dwelling House, Mapperley Road, Nottingham (Fothergill's own house) - 1870
  • Two Villas, 5 & 7 Lenton Road, The Park, Nottingham - 1873
  • Temperance Hall (later Albert Hall), North Circus Street, Nottingham - 1873-1876
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Bank, Church Street, Mansfield - 1874-1875
  • Nottingham Daily Express Offices, Printing Works and Shops, Parliament Street, Nottingham - 1875
  • King's Arms, Ratcliffe Gate and Newgate Lane, Mansfield - 1875-1877
  • Cattle Market, Nottingham Road, Mansfield - 1876-1878
  • Congregational Church (later United Reformed), Westgate, Mansfield - 1876-1878
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Bank and Residence, Thurland Street, Nottingham - 1877-1882
Houses and Shops at Castle Road in Nottingham
Banking House at Kirkgate in Newark


  • Villa, Crow Hill Drive, Mansfield - 1880
  • Six Dwelling Houses, Shops and Carriage House, Castle Road and Houndsgate, Nottingham - 1882-1883
  • Five Houses and Shops, Derby Road, Nottingham - 1884
  • Institute and Coffee Tavern, High Street, Hucknall - 1884
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Bank, Cattle Market, Loughborough, Leicestershire - 1885
  • Villa, Loscoe Hill (Clawson Lodge), 405 Mansfield Road, Nottingham - 1885
  • Institute and Coffee Tavern (Budworth Hall), High Street, Ongar, Epping Forest, Essex - 1885-1888
  • Villa (Walton House), 39 Newcastle Drive, The Park, Nottingham - 1886
  • St. Nicholas' Church Rectory, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham - 1886-1887
  • Pair of Villas, Loscoe Hill, 409 and 411 Mansfield Road, Nottingham - 1886-1887
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Bank, Kirk Gate, Newark on Trent (1885-1887)
  • Rebuilding Black Boy Hotel (first major rebuild / extension), Long Row, Nottingham - 1886-1888
  • Pair of Villas, 62 and 64 Castle Boulevard, Nottingham - C1888
  • Pair of Villas, 3 and 4 Huntingdon Drive, Nottingham - C1888
  • Samuel Smith & Co's Bank, 24 Market Place, Long Eaton, Derbyshire - 1889
  • Warehouse (Milbie House), Pilcher Gate, Nottingham - 1889
Eight Ladies Homes at Sherwood Rise in Nottingham
Woodborough Road Baptist Chapel
Shops and Offices at Long Row and King Street in Nottingham


  • Villa, (Elberton House), Cavendish Hill, 9 Hardwick Road, Nottingham - 1890
  • Eight Ladies' Homes - Norris Almhouses, Berridge Road, Nottingham - 1892-1893
  • Emmanuel Church, Woodborough Road (1883 - 1892) - demolished 1972
  • Woodborough Road Baptist Church, Woodborough Road and Alfred Street North, Nottingham - 1893-1895
  • Simons and Pickard Paper Warehouse, Lenton (Castle) Boulevard, Nottingham - 1893-1894
  • House, Kingswood, Bulcote - 1893
  • Two Semi-Detached Villas (Cleave House), 1 and 3 Sherwood Rise, Nottingham - 1894-1895
  • Rebuilding of Nos 15 & 17 George Street, Nottingham (Fothergill's Offices) - 1894-1895
  • Jessops' Shop and Workrooms, 14-30 King Street, Nottingham - 1894-1897
  • Four Shops and Offices (Queens Chambers), Long Row and King Street, Nottingham - 1896-1899
  • Shop and Office (Furley and Co), Parliament Street and Clinton Street, Nottingham - 1896-1897
  • Ellenborough House, 3 South Road, The Park, Nottingham - extended 1896-1897
  • Cuckson, Hazeldine and Manderfield Warehouses, Stoney Street and Barker Gate, Nottingham - 1897-1898
  • Black Boy Hotel Additions and Two Shops (second major rebuild / extension), Long Row, Nottingham - 1897-1900
  • Rebuilding of the Rose of England Inn, Mansfield Road, Nottingham - 1898-1900
  • Brewery, Mar Hill, Carlton - 1899
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Bank and House, 111 Carrington Street, Nottingham - 1899


  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Branch Bank, St Ann's Well Road, Nottingham - 1900-1901
  • Sixteen Houses, Foxhall Road, Nottingham - 1901-1902
  • Union of London and Smith's Bank, Market Place, Bulwell - 1904
  • Villa, Mapperley Road, Nottingham (Joint Architect with Lawrence George Summers) - 1905
  • Four Houses, Mansfield Road and Bingham Road, Nottingham - 1906-1907

Further reading[edit]

  • Brand, Ken (2009) "Watson Fothergill: a provincial goth", in: Ferry, Kathryn, ed. Powerhouses of Provincial Architecture, 1837-1914. London: Victorian Society; pp. 28–43
  • Turner, Darren (2012) "A Catalogue of the Works of Watson Fothergill, Architect."


  1. ^ Turner, Darren (2012). A Catalogue of the Works of Watson Fothergill, Architect. Nottingham: DT:P / Blurb. 

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