Edward Boardman

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Edward Boardman
Former Office of Edward Boardman Norwich 15 August 2013.JPG
Sign outside the former office of Edward Boardman in Norwich
Born Edward Boardman
Norwich, England
Died 1910
Norwich, England
Nationality English
Occupation Architect
Practice Boardman and Son
Buildings Refurbishment of Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
Conversion of Norwich Castle to museum

Edward Boardman (1833–1910) was a Norwich born architect. He succeeded John Brown as the most successful Norwich architect in the second half of the 19th century.[1] His work included both civic and ecclesiastical buildings, in addition to private commissions.[2] Together, with his rival, George Skipper, he produced many notable buildings with several standing to this day (2013).


Boardman trained as an architect with the London-based company Lucas Brothers and was later articled with John Louth Clemence of Lowestoft. In 1860, he established his own practice in Norwich, before being accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA) in 1871. From 1875, his offices were located at Old Bank of England Court, Queen Street, Norwich.

His major works in Norwich include the refurbishment of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, converting Norwich Castle into a museum, building the notable Royal Hotel and the mortuary chapel in the city's Rosary Cemetery. Outside of the city, he was responsible for the remodelling of Peckover House in Wisbech, the enlargement of Coltishall Primary School and in 1873, the building of the Dereham Congregational Church are among his most notable works.

Personal life[edit]

Boardman was born in Norwich in 1833 and lived at 91 Newmarket Road, Norwich to his death on 11 November 1910. He was elected Mayor of Norwich for 1905–1906.[3] Boardman retired in 1933 and the practice continued to 1966.[4] He is buried at the city's Rosary Cemetery.[5]


His son Edward Thomas (also an architect) was born in 1862 and joined the family firm in 1889. He assumed control of the business in 1900. He married Florence, a daughter of Sir Jeremiah Colman, 1st Baronet, a member of the Colman's family. They bought the How Hill estate at Ludham, Norfolk and built How Hill House as a holiday home in 1904. They extended the house in 1915 and moved there permanently. Among their children were Humphrey who represented Great Britain in the 1928 Summer Olympics in the double sculls and Christopher, who won a gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in the 6 metre yachting competition.[6]



This list is incomplete



  • 1868 St Mary's Baptist Church, Duke Street was destroyed in World War II.[2]
  • 1869 Congregational Church, Princes Street was redesigned by Boardman (of which he was a member).[1]
  • 1875 Unthank Road Baptist Church, demolished in 1955.[2]
  • 1879 The Gothic Mortuary Chapel in Rosary Cemetery.[2]
  • 1880 Chapelfield Methodist Church.[1]
  • 1882 St Edmund, Fishergate restoration.[1]
  • 1883 St Elthelreda, restoration.[1]


  • 1876–1880 London Street improvement scheme.[2]
  • 1879–1884 He rebuilt much of the city's Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.[1]
  • 1887 The conversion of Norwich Castle from a gaol to a museum.[1]
  • 1899 Extension to the Bethel Hospital.[2]





  • 1875–1877 Enlargement of the primary school (extant ?).[2]



  • 1893 Fletcher Convalescent Home, (Derelict state).[10] In 2008 The Victorian Society listed the building as one of its 'Top Ten Endangered Buildings'.[11]


  • 1877–1878 Vernon House, 36 to 38 Church St. 2 shops with accommodation above.[12]
  • 1878–1879 Harbord House (formerly Carrington Villas), Overstrand Rd. Built for Lord Suffield of Gunton Hall, Norfolk.[13]
  • 1887 Cambridge House Hotel, Jetty Cliff[14]
  • 1887 Red Lion Hotel, Brook Street[15]
  • 1902–1903 Barclays Bank, Tucker street, Refurbishment and stone facade[16]



  • 1873 The congregational church.[2]





  • 1886–1890 Restoration of St Mary and St Margaret.[2]



  • 1866 He designed the formal garden at Crown Point – Whitlingham Hall and completed the noted aisled conservatory.[2]

Upper Sheringham


  • 1913–1914 The Dales,[20] Grade II listed building, now used as a hotel.



  • 1871 The Methodist Church





  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pevsner:Norfolk 2 North-West and South p158 Retrieved 19 January 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Edward Boardman Retrieved 15 January 2013
  3. ^ Mayors and Sheriffs of Norwich Retrieved 26 January 2013
  4. ^ National archives Retrieved 26 January 2013
  5. ^ Boardman's grave Retrieved 17 April 2013
  6. ^ Ludham archive Retrieved 25 January 2013
  7. ^ British listed buildings Retrieved 23 January 2013
  8. ^ a b Pevsner: Norfolk 1 Norwich and North-East p310 Retrieved 23 January 2013
  9. ^ The Norfolk Club Retrieved 23 January 2013
  10. ^ Cromer Preservation Society Retrieved January 28, 2013
  11. ^ The Victorian Society Retrieved 30 January 2013
  12. ^ Cromer Preservation Society – Vernon House Retrieved January 28, 2013
  13. ^ Cromer Preservation Society Retrieved January 28, 2013
  14. ^ Cromer Preservation Society – Cambridge House Hotel Retrieved January 28, 2013
  15. ^ Cromer Preservation Society – Red Lion Hotel Retrieved January 28, 2013
  16. ^ Aspects of Design in Cromer.Author: A. D. Boyce. Published: 2007 by North Norfolk District Council-Conservation, Design & Landscape Section.Page 71 Section 7, Shop Fronts, Banks and Public Buildings
  17. ^ Norfolk 2: Norfolk: North-West and South, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson, Dunston entry page 138. ISBN 0-300-09657-7
  18. ^ Listed Building schedule
  19. ^ Hotel AA Rating
  20. ^ Listed Building schedule retrieved 31 January 2013
  21. ^ National Trust-Peckover House Retrieved 24 January 2013

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