John Bilson (architect)

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John Bilson
Born 1856
Died 1943
Nationality British
Occupation Architect
Known for Medieval architectural research

John Bilson (1856–1943) was an architect trained under William Botterill, later working as a partner in Botterill and Bilson. Bilson is best known for his architectural research on the medieval period.

Biography[edit]

John Bilson was born on 23 September 1856 in Newark, and educated at Wesley College, Sheffield.[1] He trained in architecture under William Botterill from 1873 to 1877, and joined the practice as a partner in 1881.[2]

After Botterill's son's early death in 1879 Bilson became the main partner in the practice, and took over the business completely when Botterill retired in 1899.[2]

Bilson received a D.Litt from Durham University in 1925 for his work on dating the architecture of Durham Cathedral. he was also honoured by the Société française d'archéologie (French) in 1926.[2]

He died 15 December 1943.[2]

Legacy[edit]

Bilson is well regarded for his historical work on medieval architecture;[3][4] on his work at Durham it has been written "The chronology of the works [..] of construction have been established by John Bilson on such solid bases that there is nothing significant to be added."[5]

Literature[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neave, David. "Bilson, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/109617.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b c d "John Bilson", www.scottisharchitects.org.uk 
  3. ^ Rudolph, Conrad (ed.), "27. Cistercian Archictecture", A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe 
  4. ^ Wilson, Christopher (1991), Coss, P.R.; Lloyd, S.D., eds., "The Early Thirteenth-Century Architecture of Beverley Minster: Cathedral Splendours and Cistercian Austerities", Proceedings of the Newcastle Upon Tyne Conference 1989 : Thirtheen Century England III, pp. 181– 
  5. ^ Bony, Jean (1990), Fernie, Eric; Crossley, Paul, eds., "The Stonework Planning of the First Durham Master", Medieval Architecture and Its Intellectual Context, The Hambledon Press, pp. 19– 

Further reading[edit]

  • Buchanan, A.C. (2013), "John Bilson and Anglo-Norman Architectural Studies", Proceedings of the Battle Conference for 2012 

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