C. Hodgson Fowler
He was born in Nottinghamshire. In the early 1860s, following an apprenticeship with Sir George Gilbert Scott, he commenced work in Pimlico, London, and became an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1863. His proposers were Scott, E. W. Pugin and Matthew Digby Wyatt. In 1864, he moved to Durham, where he lived for the rest of his life.
Fowler's initial appointment in Durham was as Clerk of Works at Durham Cathedral. In 1870 he became a Fellow of the RIBA. At various times, he held the position of Architect to Rochester Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral, and Architect to the Diocese of York and the Diocese of Lincoln. From 1885 to the time of his death, he was Architect to the Dean and Chapter of Durham, a post that had previously been held by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
Although much of Fowler's work involved restoring and enlarging buildings, he was the architect of a number of new or rebuilt churches. A representative sample in a book on Victorian architecture is as follows:
- Holy Innocents, Tudhoe, County Durham (1866)
- St Ives, Leadgate, County Durham (1868)
- St Edmund, Bearpark, County Durham (1879)
- St Paul, West Hartlepool, County Durham (1885)
- St Barnabas, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire (1888)
- St Peter, Norton-on-Derwent, North Yorkshire (1894)
- Christ Church, Hepple, Northumberland (1897)
- St Alban, Ordsall, Retford, Nottinghamshire (1901)
Other notable churches by Fowler include:
- St Mary's Church, South Hylton, Sunderland (1880)
- St. Helen's Church, Grove, Nottinghamshire (1882)
- St Andrew's Church, Bishopthorpe, City of York (1898–1902)
- St Mark's Church, Oldcotes 1900
- All Saints' Church, Lincoln 1903
Among Fowler's restorations were the following:
- St. Mary's Church, Clifton, Nottinghamshire (1874)
- St. Wilfrid's Church, Kelham, Nottinghamshire (1874)
- All Saints' Church, Northallerton (1882-85)
- St. Peter at Gowts' Church, Lincoln (1887)
- All Hallows Church, Clixby, Lincolnshire (1889)
- Holy Trinity Church, Rolleston, Nottinghamshire (1889)
- St Peter and St Paul's Church, Upton, Newark and Southwell, Nottinghamshire (1893)
- All Saints' Church, Strelley 1895
- St Peter, Langtoft, East Riding of Yorkshire (1900–03)
St John the Apostle, Shildon, Co Durham.
- Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate, York (1900–05)
- St Peter and St Paul's Church, Sturton-le-Steeple (1901–02)
- St Mary, Fridaythorpe, East Riding of Yorkshire (1902–03)
- St Peter's Church, Snelston Derbyshire (1906-07)
- St Hilda, Sherburn, North Yorkshire (1909–1913)
- Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Killinghall (1905-1908) reordering of chancel in this 1880 building
Opinions on Fowler's work
The introductions to some of the volumes in the Buildings of England series offer a range of opinions on the merits of Fowler's restorations and, sometimes, his new or rebuilt churches:
- "Charles Hodgson Fowler, clerk of works then architect to the Dean and Chapter [of Durham Cathedral], composed the usual red brick and lancet windows to great effect in his big town churches (St Paul, West Hartlepool 1885-6; St Ignatius, Hendon (Sunderland) 1889), and barn-like colliery ones (Bearpark 1877-9; Craghead 1914–21; Easington Colliery 1925-8). Between 1864 and 1895 he did a vast number of restorations, handling them sensitively but not slavishly (see the staircase at Ryton, 1886)."
- "From outside the county, C. H. Fowler ... also restored much, with a similar dead hand"
- "Hodgson Fowler was more sensitive [as a church restorer than Ewan Christian] (see also his new churches at Grove, 1882, St Alban Ordsall, 1901) ..."
- " ... C. Hodgson Fowler of Durham (who did an admirably tactful restoration at Scawton in 1892) ..."
- "C. Hodgson Fowler did some pleasant village churches (Burton Leonard, 1877-8; Bishop Monkton, 1878-9)"
- Whyte, William (2006). Oxford Jackson: architecture, education, status, and style 1835–1924. Oxford University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-19-929658-8.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; revised by Elizabeth Williamson (1983) . County Durham (2nd ed.). London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-071009-4.
- DSA architect biography
- Dixon, Roger; Muthesius, Stefan (1978). Victorian Architecture. London: Thames and Hudson.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Radcliffe, Enid (1967) . Yorkshire: The West Riding (2nd ed.). London: Penguin Books.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; revised by Elizabeth Williamson (1983) . County Durham (2nd ed.). London: Penguin Books. p. 46. ISBN 0-14-071009-4.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; and John Harris, revised by Nicholas Antram (1989) . Lincolnshire (2nd ed.). London: Penguin Books. p. 69. ISBN 0-14-071027-2.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; revised by Elizabeth Williamson (1979) . Nottinghamshire (2nd ed.). London: Penguin Books. p. 34. ISBN 0-14-071002-7.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Yorkshire: The North Riding. London: Penguin Books. p. 53.
- Leach, Peter; Nikolaus Pevsner (2009). Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-300-12665-5.
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