Henry Wilson (architect)

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Henry Wilson (12 March 1864 – 7 March 1934) was a British architect, jeweller and designer.


The south porch doors at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham 1904.
Salada Tea Company, Boston. 1927.
Lady altar at St Bartholomew's Brighton

He was born at 91 Red Rock Street in West Derby near Liverpool on 12 March 1864. He studied at the Kidderminster School of Art before being articled to the architect Edward James Shrewsbury in Maidenhead. He then worked and was trained in the practices of John Oldrid Scott, John Belcher and J. D. Sedding.

After Sedding's death in 1891 Wilson completed many of Sedding's schemes. He followed Sedding's ideals, but his designs were often more original and grander in scale.

From about 1895 Wilson designed metalwork, church plate and furnishings, jewellery and sculpture, becoming a gifted craftsman in the Arts and Crafts Movement. He was in business at 17 Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London from 1896 to 1899. In 1892 he joined the Art Workers Guild.

From 1896 he taught in London at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and from 1901 taught metalwork at the Royal College of Art. He was the first editor of the Architectural Review, from 1896 to 1901.

In 1902 he became associated with the circle of William Richard Lethaby in the Liverpool Cathedral Scheme. In 1903 his practical manual, Silverwork and Jewellery, was published. In 1905 he designed the bronze doors for the cathedral of St John in New York.

Wilson selected the British jewellery for the Paris Exhibition of 1914. He served as President of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society from 1915 to 1922, organised the major Arts and Crafts Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1916, and in 1917 became Master of the Art Workers Guild. He was a member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.[1] After World War I, he again selected British jewellery for the Paris Exhibition of 1925.

Personal life[edit]

In 1901 he married Margaret Ellinor Morse, the daughter of Francis Morse, Vicar of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham. They had one son and three daughters.

In 1922 he emigrated to Paris, and after the death of his wife in 1931, he died in Menton on 7 March 1934.

Architectural works[edit]



  1. ^ "The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. Glasgow University. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b London, Anthony Sutcliffe. p.117
  3. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Devon, Penguin Books (1952) pg 106
  4. ^ Church Times Issue 7527 - 15 June 2007
  5. ^ Manton, Cyndy. Henry Wilson: Practical Idealist[permanent dead link], The Lutterworth Press (2009), ISBN 978-0-7188-3097-7.
  6. ^ Paul Bell. 'Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Highate: an illustrated history' (London: St Augustine's Highgate, 2012), online resource (PDF), accessed 1 April 2017


  • Thomas, John. "The Elphinstone monument at King's College Aberdeen. Its construction in the sixteenth century and reconstruction (1909-31) by Henry Wilson", Aberdeen University Review, Vol. LIV, 4, No. 188 Autumn 1992, pp. 315-333.

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