Flockton (architects)

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Flockton's were a series of architectural firms in the 19th and early 20th centuries, based in Sheffield, England. The firms were responsible for a number of significant buildings, particularly in the Sheffield area.[1]

William Flockton[edit]

Holy Trinity Church, Nursery Street. By Flockton, Lee and Flockton; 1848.
St Matthew's Church, Sheffield. By Flockton & Son; 1854–55.

William Flockton (1804–1864) was the son of Thomas Flockton, a carpenter and builder in Sheffield.[2] He was brought up in his father's trade[3] and established himself as an architect in 1833. From 1845 to 1849 he operated the business with William Lee and his son Thomas James Flockton as Flockton, Lee and Flockton,[4] continuing in partnership with Thomas James Flockton as Flockton & Son until his death on 24 September 1864.[2]


Building Date Architects Listed status[5]
The Mount 1830 William Flockton Grade II*
Wesley College 1838 William Flockton Grade II*
Whirlow Grange Whirlow 1840 William Flockton Unlisted
Ecclesall Bierlow Union Workhouse 1844 William Flockton Grade II
Aizlewood's Mill 1847 Flockton, Lee and Flockton Grade II
Holy Trinity Church (pictured) 1848 Flockton, Lee and Flockton Grade II
Anglican Chapel at the Sheffield General Cemetery 1850 Flockton & Son Grade II
Christ Church, Pitsmoor Road, Sheffield 1850 Flockton & Son Grade II
Church of St Thomas, Brightside, Sheffield 1854 Flockton & Son Grade II
St Matthew's Church, Sheffield (pictured) 1855 Flockton & Son Grade II
Tapton Hall 1855 Flockton & Son Grade II
St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Sheffield 1855–56 Flockton & Son Grade II
Church of St Stephen, Sheffield 1857 Flockton & Son Grade II
Church of St. Thomas and St. James, Barnsley 1858 Flockton & Son Grade II
Church of All Saints, Headley (rebuilt 1380 nave) 1859 Flockton & Son Grade II

Thomas James Flockton[edit]

Thomas James Flockton (1823–1899), the son of William Flockton, was born in Sheffield on 21 May 1823. He started working with his father at the age of 12 before spending two years in London employed by Sir Gilbert Scott. He returned to Sheffield in 1845 and entered into partnership with his father. Two years before his father's death he became partners with George Lewslie Abbott, as Flockton & Abbott. After George Abbott retired in 1877[6] Edward Mitchel Gibbs entered the partnership as Flockton & Gibbs, finally being joined by Thomas Flockton's son Charles Burrows Flockton (1867–1945) in 1895 as Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton.[7]


Building Date Architects Listed status
Endcliffe Hall 1865 Flockton & Abbott Grade II*
Ranby Hall, nr Horncastle, Lincolnshire. 1865 Flockton & Abbott [8]
Royal Bank of Scotland building, Church Street, Sheffield 1866–7 Flockton & Abbott Grade II
Church of St Barnabas, Highfield Place, Sheffield 1876 Flockton & Abbott Grade II
Church of St Thomas, Newman Road, Sheffield 1876 Flockton & Abbott Grade II
School Board offices, Firth College and Central Schools 1879–80 T. J. Flockton and E. R. Robson Grade II
St John's Church, Ranmoor 1887 Flockton & Gibbs Grade II*
Mappin Art Gallery 1887 Flockton & Gibbs Grade II*
The Towers 1896 Flockton & Gibbs Grade II
8–24 High Street, Sheffield (built for William Fosters & Sons Ltd.) 1897 Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton Grade II


  1. ^ Harman, R.; Minnis, J. (2004). Pevsner City Guides: Sheffield. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. p. 24. ISBN 0-300-10585-1.
  2. ^ a b Odom, William (1926). "Chapter V: Engineers—Architects—Surveyors". Hallamshire Worthies: Characteristics and Work of Notable Sheffield Men and Women. Sheffield: J. W. Northend Ltd. p. 148. OCLC 23581396.
  3. ^ Colvin, Howard (2008). A biographical dictionary of British architects, 1600-1840. Yale University Press. p. 384. ISBN 0-300-12508-9.
  4. ^ "The London Gazette 1086". The London Gazette. London. 3 April 1849. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Listed Buildings Online". English Heritage. Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  6. ^ "The London Gazette 238". The London Gazette. London. 15 January 1878. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Flockton, Thomas James and Gibbs, Edward Mitchel: Architectural practice". Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1840-1980. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  8. ^ Sheffield Daily Telegraph Sat 22 July 1865, pg 4