J. A. Chatwin

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The Joint Stock Bank (now a pub), Temple Row West
St Mary & St Ambrose, Edgbaston, 1897–98.

Julius Alfred Chatwin FRIBA, RBS, FSAScot (24 April 1830 – 6 June 1907), was a designer of buildings and the most prolific architect involved with the building and modification of churches in Birmingham, England, building or altering many of the parish churches in the city. He used both the Gothic and Classical styles. His designs always included all of the carvings and internal fittings.

Career[edit]

Born the son of John (a button manufacturer in Great Charles Street, Birmingham) and Harriet Chatwin, and educated at King Edward's School on New Street and the University of London, he was known by the name Alfred. He worked from 1846 as an architect for the largest builders in the country, Branson and Gwyther of Birmingham. He was articled to Charles Barry in 1851 and worked with Barry and Augustus Pugin on the Victoria Tower of the Houses of Parliament. He worked again for Gwyther personally on his enterprises in Llandudno, North Wales. In 1855 he opened an office on Bennett's Hill in Birmingham. He was, from 1866, architect to the Governors of King Edward's School and designed the first King Edward VI High School for Girls on New Street. From 1864 he became architect to Lloyds Bank for over thirty years.

From 1866 he worked with his son, Philip Boughton Chatwin (P. B. Chatwin) (1873–1964) who became his partner in 1897.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA) on 30 November 1863 and member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS), Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and Fellow of the Royal Antiquary Society of Scotland.

He married at St James, Handsworth on 26 October 1869. He is buried with his wife Edith Isabella Chatwin and daughter Isabella Gertrude Chatwin in St Bartholomew's Church, Edgbaston. His gravestone also mentions his daughter Grace Constance Chatwin (cremated).

Works[edit]

He designed:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Little, Bryan (1971). Birmingham Buildings, The Architectural Story of a Midland City. ISBN 0-7153-5295-4. 
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1968). Worcestershire. The Buildings of England. p. 206. 
  3. ^ Pevsner, Worcestershire, p. 228
  4. ^ Pevsner, Worcestershire, p. 88
  5. ^ "Celebration as restoration of gothic "Masterpiece" nears completion". English Heritage. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  6. ^ More Churches in the Ashfield Area. Ashfield District Council.
  7. ^ "Religious History - Churches built since 1800". A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 7. pp. 379–396. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

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