George Wilkinson (architect)

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George Wilkinson
Born 1814[1]
Witney
Died 1890[1]
Twickenham
Nationality British
Occupation Architect
Buildings Harcourt Street Railway Station in Dublin
Harcourt St station, 1910

George Wilkinson, FRIBA was a British architect who practised largely in Ireland. He was born at Witney, Oxfordshire in 1814. He was the elder brother of William Wilkinson (1819–1901), who practised in Oxford.

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George Wilkinson won a competition in 1835 to design a workhouse for the Thame Poor Law Union.[2] The building is now a campus of Oxford and Cherwell Valley College. Wilkinson went on to design a total of two dozen workhouses in England, including those at Northleach (1835)[3][4] Stow-on-the-Wold (1836)[5] and Woodstock (1836–37),[6] each with wings laid out in an H-plan. Wilkinson built Tenbury workhouse (1837)[7] on a double courtyard plan. For two workhouses, Witney (1835–36)[8] and Chipping Norton (1836)[9] he used an unusual design of a saltire of four wings radiating from an octagonal central block. For Wolverhampton he adapted this layout to six wings.[10] In 1839 George Wilkinson was invited to Ireland as the architect of the Poor Law Commission.

Wilkinson published a Practical Geology and Ancient Architecture of Ireland (1845). He also designed the railway station in Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath and an Italianate style station at Crossdoney in Co. Cavan (c.1855)[11] and later the Cavan town terminus (1862) for the Midland Great Western Railway and Harcourt Street Railway Station, Dublin (1858–59) for the Dublin Wicklow and Wexford Railway.

Wilkinson was made a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1878.[1] He retired to England in about 1888.

He died at Ryde House, Twickenham 4 October 1890.[12][13]

He married Mary Clinch in Witney on 18 December 1850. Mary was a daughter of John Williams Clinch (1788–1871) the Witney brewer, banker and landowner.

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