Henry Bowman (architect)

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Henry Bowman (1814–1883) was an English church architect and architectural historian.


Henry Bowman was born in Nantwich, Cheshire, in 1814, the second son of John Eddowes Bowman the Elder.[1] Bowman worked as an architect in Manchester, from 1846 to about 1883, in partnership with Joseph Crowther.

Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, Leeds City Square, by Bowman & Crowther, opened 27 December 1847.[2]

Bowman died at Brockham Green, near Reigate, on 14 May 1883. The brass lectern at Christchurch, Brockham is dedicated to his memory.[3]


Among the churches Bowman designed are Hyde Chapel, Cheshire and Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds.[4] He was joint author with James Hadfield of Ecclesiastical Architecture of Great Britain, from the Conquest to the Reformation, 1845; and with his partner, J. S. Crowther, of The Churches of the Middle Ages, 1857. Bowman and Crowther trained a number of younger architects, including Thomas Worthington, John Garrard Elgood, and possibly Edward Salomons.[5]


  1. ^ *Hall J. A History of the Town and Parish of Nantwich, or Wich Malbank, in the County Palatine of Chester, pp. 508–10 (2nd edn) (E. J. Morten; 1972) (ISBN 0-901598-24-0)
  2. ^ http://www.millhillchapel.org.uk/chapel_history.htm
  3. ^ History of Brockham Christchurch http://www.brockham.org/top-menu/christchurch/christchurch-history.aspx
  4. ^ Anthony Dawson: Historical and Unitarian musings http://anthonydawson.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/carved-stone-heads.html
  5. ^ Scottish Architects http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=204707

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bowman, John Eddowes (1785-1841)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.