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.


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]


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]



  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", 
  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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