Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast. William John Fennell was born, probably no later than circa 1850, in Montreal, Canada, where his father is said to have been stationed with the Royal Engineers. Accounts of his early training vary:(1) it seems that he was originally intended for a career in engineering and that he may have been a pupil of his father, who was by that time based in Cork.(2) All accounts agree that he was an assistant to EDWARD TOWNSEND EDWARD TOWNSEND , professor of engineering at Queen's College, Galway. He then appears to have joined the civil staff of the Royal Engineers Works Department. He was attracted to architecture, however, and became a pupil or assistant of JOHN JOSEPH O'CALLAGHAN  JOHN JOSEPH O'CALLAGHAN in Dublin. WALTER GLYNN DOOLIN  WALTER GLYNN DOOLIN was a pupil in O'Callaghan's office at the same time. In the later 1870s Fennell worked in the Belfast office of O'NEILL & NEILL & amp; BYRNE(3) before setting up in independent practice in Belfast in 1880.

Fennell participated in architectural competitions throughout his career. His first work to be shown at the Royal Hibernian Academy was a competitive design for a church, exhibited in 1875(4) and his last a competitive design for the Galway Fever Hospital, exhibited in 1908.(5) His two most important commissions, the Water Commissioner's Office in Royal Avenue, Belfast (1883), which effectively launched him on his career in that city, and the Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast (1894), were both won through competition. Of the design submitted by Fennell in the latter competition, the assessor, Sir THOMAS DREW THOMAS DREW , declared it to be so far in advance of the other entries that it was unneccessary to draw up a shortlist as had been originally intended.

In 1912 Fennell took his chief assistant HAROLD S. CLARKE  HAROLD S. CLARKE into partnership, practising thereafter as FENNELL & FENNELL & amp; CLARKE. CLARKE. (6) Perhaps this was in response to the stroke which is mentioned in his obituary in the Irish Builder, after which he apparently continued in practice for a while. There is no record of any work by the partnership after August 1914. Fennell was appointed a JP for Co.Down on his retirement.(7) After being in poor health for some time, he died at an advanced age on 29 March 1923 at St John's Nursing Hospital, Belfast. His wife survived him.  In addition to Harold Clarke, his pupils and assistants included FREDERICK CHARLES CORE FREDERICK CHARLES CORE , SAMUEL JOSEPH MCAVOY  SAMUEL JOSEPH MCAVOY and ARTHUR WILSON STELFOX. ARTHUR WILSON STELFOX.

Fennell is described as kindly and as a delightful companion. He was an enthusiastic antiquarian and delivered and published many papers on antiquarian and archaeological subjects.(8) He was responsible for the restoration of the Middle Church at Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, and of the High Cross of Downpatrick. He found his chief enjoyment in studying the mediaeval remains of Ireland and England, of which he built up a large collection of photographs. He was also a keen Freemason, attaining the office of Provincial Grand Junior Warden. His papers from 1883 to 1903 are in PRONI, D1878.

AAI: proposed as member, October 1872,(9) and elected November 1872;(10) committee member; auditor, 1874;(11) reads paper on 'The Ancient Architecture of Ireland', 27 November 1873;(12) reads paper on 'Some Old buildings in Antrim & Down', 2 Feb 1897;(13) reads paper on 'Two Mediaeval Builders', 18 November 1902;(14) no longer a member by 1903 but reads paper on 'The golden Age of Gothic Art', 31 October 1905.(15)
Belfast Naturalists' Field Club: vice-president, 1902.(16)
RIA: member.
RIAI: elected member 1877;(17) council member, circa 1900; elected fellow, 29 May 1906;(18) resigned during session 1915-16.(19)
RIBA: elected fellow, 3 December 1906, having been proposed by THOMAS DREW THOMAS DREW , WILLIAM MANSFIELD MITCHELL  WILLIAM MANSFIELD MITCHELL and ALBERT EDWARD MURRAY. ALBERT EDWARD MURRAY. (20)
RSAI: member 1893;(21) proposed for fellow, 1906, by ROBERT COCHRANE. ROBERT COCHRANE. (22)
RSUA: founder member, 1901;(23) reads paper on 'Old buildings of Down and Connor', 1902;(24) hon. secretary 1904,1905.(25)

Addresses:(26) 73 Donegall Pass, Belfast, <=1878-1882; 11 Chichester Street, Belfast, 1883->=1898; Scottish Provident Buildings, 2 Wellington Place, Belfast, <=1901->=1914.
Home: Danesfort, Donaghadee (at time of death).

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the interview with Fennell published in IB 44, 27 Feb 1902, 1048 (which is illustrated with a portrait photograph), his obituary in IB 65, Apr 1923, 246, and Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), II, 640. Another obituary is in RIBAJ 30 (1922-23), 472, and a brief note of his death in JRIAI (1924), 15.

(1) There are discrepancies between the accounts given in the obituary in the Irish Builder and that in the Northern Whig which is included in the former. Another account, which is based on Fennell's RIBA nomination papers (which presumably downplayed his engineering training) is given in the Directory of British Architects.
(2) The Directory of British Architects states that he was articled to his father, 'an architect in Cork' from 1865 to 1872 and then became an assistant to J.J. O'Callaghan, while the Irish Builder obituary says that he 'began his career in a contractor's office in the South, whence he entrered the civil staff of the Royal Engineers Works Department'..
(3) Views by him of three designs for churches by O'Neill & Byrne appear in IB 19,1 Mar,1 Jul 1877, 67,189; 21, 1 Jul 1879, 204. In the IB interview of 1902, Fennell stated that he had been practising in Belfast for 25 years.
(4) RHA 1875, no. 218; this is perhaps the same as the 'Design for a Church' which was published in IB 16, 1 Apr 1874, 99; other unidentified designs exhibited by Fennell at the RHA were a second design for a church (1880, no. 498, see IB 22, 15 Jun 1880, 169(illus.),177) and a design for a mansion (1881, no. 588).
(5) RHA 1908, no. 296.
(6) IB 54, 16 Mar 1912, 169.
(7) He is not listed as such in Thom's Directory for 1918 but does appear in the 1922 edition.
(8) In 1902 he lectured to the AAI on 'Two Medieval Builders' (see AAI Green Book (1904), 38,39). His measured drawing of the Thomas de Burgh tomb in the Abbey of Clare-Galway, was published in IB 16, 1 Aug 1874, 212,213, and a little sketch of one of the oil lamp standards erected in 1793 in Donegall Square, Belfast; in IB 51, 7 Aug 1909, 488.
(9) IB 14, 15 Oct 1872, 281.
(10) IB 14, 15 Nov 1872, 313.
(11) Jones, citing Thom's Directory.
(12) IB 15, 1 Dec 1873, 319.
(13) B 72, 6 Feb 1897, 127; IB 39, 15 Feb 1897, 37.
(14) AAI Green Book (1904), 38,39.
(15) AAI Green Book (1907), 31.
(16) IB 44, 9 Oct 1902, 1423.
(17) JRIAI obit.; but cf. council meeting minutes, 26 May 1879, 216, which record that 'P.J. Fennell' was passed for membership.
(18) RIAI general meeting minutes, 29 May 1906, 414.
(19) JRIAI (1916), 9.
(20) RIBAJ (1906-7), 99; IB 48, 15 Dec 1906, 989.
(21) JRSAI 24 (1894), list of members.
(22) JRSAI 36 (1906), 97.
(23) RSUA Jubilee Year Book 1951-1952, 15.
(24) IB 44, ? ? 1902, ?.
(25) RSUA Jubilee Year Book 1951-1952, 5.
(26) From Index of RHA Exhibitors and RIAI membership lists.


115 work entries listed in chronological order for FENNELL, WILLIAM JOHN


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Building: ENGLAND, TAUNTON (SOMERSET), MORTUARY CHAPELS
Date: 1875
Nature: WJF one of 42 entrants in competition, which was won by 'Mr Bevan' of Bristol (i.e. John Bevan?)
Refs: IB 18, 15 Jan 1876, 21,23(illus.)

Building: ENGLAND, WAKEFIELD (YORKSHIRE), TOWN HALL
Date: 1877
Nature: Unsuccessful competition entrant.
Refs: IB 19, 15 Jun 1877, 174,175(illus.); design exh. RHA 1878, no. 586

Building: ENGLAND, GREAT YARMOUTH (NORFOLK), TOWN HALL
Date: 1878
Nature: WJF competition entrant.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1879, no. 316

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BUSHMILLS, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1880
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting new hall.
Refs: IB 22, ? ?,15 Feb 1880, 38,56

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CABRA, NORTH DUBLIN UNION CHILDREN'S HOME
Date: 1881
Nature: Unsuccessful competition entrant with Ernest Cochrane.
Refs: IB 23, 15 Mar,1 May,1 Oct 1881, 109,132, 287(illus.); design exh. RHA 1882, no. 647

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1881
Nature: New. Gothic style, in black, hammer-dressed stone with Dungannon stone dressings. FS laid 21 Aug by Sir Charles Lanyon. Builder: McManus.
Refs: IB 23, 1 Sep 1881, 263; D. Girvan, R. Oram & A. Rowan, Antrim & Ballymena (UAHS 1969), 9 (no. 27)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KILDARE STREET, NATIONAL MUSEUM
Date: 1881-82
Nature: Unselected competition entrant in first competition.
Refs: Design exh. RHA, 1882, no. 644

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYROBIN, SCHOOL
Date: 1882
Nature: New. Contractor: McManus, Antrim.
Refs: IB 24, 1 Mar,1 May 1882, 77,139

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TOWNHALL STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1882
Nature: Design exh. RHA.
Refs: RHA 1882, no. 646

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE, NO. 036
Date: 1883
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 25, 1 Sep 1883, 282

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ROYAL AVENUE, NO. 053 (BELFAST WATER COMMISSIONERS)
Date: 1883
Nature: WJF wins competition with his 'free treatment of the Italian style'. Contractor: James Henry (£12,000). (Demolished c.1965.)
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1883, no. 570; IB 24, 1 Feb 1882, 45; 25, 1 Feb 1883, 43 (detailed description); 27, 15 Aug 1885, 230,231(illus.); 74, 19 Nov 1932, 1042; 75, 28 Jan1933, 50; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 283

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, ANTRIM CASTLE
Date: 1884a
Nature: Gate lodge, for Lord Massereene. Unexecuted.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1884, no. 365; IB 27, 1 Oct 1885, 270,271(illus.); J.A.K. Dean, The Gate Lodges of Ulster (UAHS, 1994), 2 (no. 12, illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ROYAL AVENUE, NO. 068-70
Date: 1885
Nature: New 4-storey building in Dumfries red sandstone. For George Tate, rent agent. Let as offices.
Refs: IB 27, 15 Aug 1885, 230; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 288.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ROSEMARY STREET, CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN HALL
Date: 1885-86
Nature: New hall to seat 350, with school room, classroom &c. FS laid June 1885; opened Jan 1886. Contractor: Robert Kerr. Cost ca £2,300. Destroyed in blitz.
Refs: IB 27, 1 Jan,1 Apr 1885, 14,111; 28, 15 Jan 1886, 32; design exh. RHA 1887, no. 483; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical Gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 277

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, METHODIST CHURCH & SCHOOLS
Date: 1886
Nature: WJF exhibits competition design.
Refs: RHA 1886, no. 564

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Date: 1886
Nature: WJF wins limited competition for designing new school.
Refs: IB 28, 1 Aug 1886, 224; 44, ? ? 1902, 1048

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE?, WORK FOR J.S. ANDERSON
Date: 1887
Nature: Builder: James Kennedy, Coleraine
Refs: IB 29, 15 Jul 1887, 206

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, R. WATSON & CO.
Date: 1887
Nature: New and extensive additions to furniture warehouse.
Refs: IB 29, 15 Mar 1887, 91

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SHANKILL ROAD, NO. 129 (HOWARD BROS.)
Date: 1888
Nature: Additions for Mssrs. Howard Bros.
Refs: Architect 39, 25 May 1888, suppl. p.1

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, HOUSE
Date: 1888
Nature: New villa to be built.
Refs: Architect 39, 27 Apr 1888, suppl. p.1

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LENNOXVALE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1889
Nature: 2 semi-detached villas for J. & J. Lanyon.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/5

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LENNOXVALE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1889
Nature: 2 semi-detached villas for Hamilton & Robinson.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/5

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LENNOXVALE, NO. 006 & 8
Date: 1890
Nature: 2 semi-detached villas to be extended.
Refs: Architect 43, 31 Jan1890, suppl. p.1

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, ALBERT ROAD, CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH SCHOOL
Date: 1890
Nature: New schoolhouse on site adjoining church. Cost: ca £700. Contractor: Henry Laverty & Sons.
Refs: IB 32, 1 Jun 1890, 139

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LENNOXVALE, NO. 006 & 8
Date: 1890
Nature: 2 semi-detached villas.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 72

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY ST?, ALL SAINTS' SCHOOL HOUSE & PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1890
Nature: New school house and parochial hall to be built at cost of £793.
Refs: Architect 44, 17 Oct 1890, suppl. p.3

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORMEAU ROAD (& PARK ROAD), COOKE CENTENARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1890-92
Nature: New Gothic church.  FS laid Jul 1890; opened, 1 May 1892. Contractor: Henry Laverty and Sons Ltd.
Refs: Design exh,. RHA 1891, no. 495; PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/6; IB 34, 1 May 1892, 109; B 75, 19 Nov 1898, 452; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 69 (sub no. 158);  Laurence Kirkpatrick, Presbyterians in Ireland: an illustrated history (Booklink, 2006), 167. Information re Laverty contractors from obituary to John Laverty in a Belfast newspaper, July 1909, sent by Henry Laverty, August 2017.


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ADELAIDE PARK, NO. 045 & 47,49 & 51
Date: 1892
Nature: 2 pairsof semi-detached houses.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 26

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNION STREET, KENNEDY & MORRISON
Date: 1893
Nature: 2-storey red-brick warehouse with chamfered corners, for Kennedy & Morrison, mill and railway furnishers.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/14; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993),311

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERRYVOLGIE AVENUE, NO. 022
Date: 1894
Nature: Queen Anne revival style.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 58

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD, MATER INFIRMORUM HOSPITAL
Date: 1894-1900
Nature: Design selected in competition (Adjudicator: Thomas Drew), 1897. Opened 23 Apr 1900. 1900. Builder: Henry Laverty & Son
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1895, no. 495; Building News 67, 12 Oct 1894, 499,500(illus.); B 67. ? ? 1894, 12; 71, 19 Sep 1896, 235; 73, 4 Dec 1897, 476; 75, 19 Nov 1898, illus. in supplement; 78, 5 May 1900, 450-1; IB 36, 1 Nov 1894, 249; 42, 1,15 May 1900, 346,360(illus.); James O'Laverty, An Historical account of the diocese of Down & Connor (1878-95), 628

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LIBRARY STREET, NO. 001 (LIBRARY HOUSE)
Date: 1895
Nature: For Robert Watson & Co. Builder: James Kidd.
Refs: Building News 69, 12 Jul 1895, 46(illus.); B 71, 24 Oct 1896, 340; ?design exh. as 'New Warehouse, Belfast' at RHA 1896, no. 434; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical Gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 196(illus.), 212;

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE, CITY HALL
Date: 1896
Nature: Competition entrant.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1904, no. 298; IB 46, 26 Mar 1904, 182

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY STREET, ALL SAINTS' CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1897-98;1905-1906
Nature: New church in Early English Gothic style. FS laid, 1897. Nave built and consecrated in 1898. Builder Robert Corry. Chancel added c1905 and consecrated Jan 1906. Builder Henry Laverty & Son.
Refs: Designs exh. RHA 1896, no. 422, 1900, no. 293, 1906, no. 296; Building News 69, 8 Nov 1895, 665(illus.); IB 42, 1 Jul 1900, 402(or 403?),404(illus.); 48, 27 Jan 1906, 70; B 73, 2 Oct 1897, 266; 75, 19 Nov 1898, illus. in supplement; John Frederick MacNeice, The Church of Ireland in Belfast (Belfast, 1931), 46;  Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 69 (sub no. 158); Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013),  217(illus.).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1898
Nature: 2 semi-detached villas, for Lord Massereene(?).
Refs: IB 40, 1 Jul 1898, 100

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, NO. 438
Date: 1898
Nature: Assymetrical red brick house.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 82

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE PARK, NO. 054 & 56
Date: 1898
Nature: Red brick semi-detached.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 98

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, ANTRIM CASTLE
Date: 1898
Nature: Restoration of keep in deer park to be carried out for Viscount Massereene & Ferrard.
Refs: IB 40 , 1 Jul 1898, 100

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ADELAIDE PARK, NO. 013
Date: 1899
Nature: For Hugh Smylie.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 25

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FISHERWICK PLACE, PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY BUILDING
Date: 1899-1900
Nature: Competition entrant.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1905, no. 337; IB 47, 6 May 1905, 310

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CUSHENDALL, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1899-1900
Nature: Early English style. FS laid Sep 1899. Opened 17 Jun 1900. Contractor: Hugh McCann, Ballymena.
Refs: Building News 75, 15 Jul 1898, xiii; IB 41, 15 Oct 1899, 156; 42, 15 Jul 1900, 422; Building News 77, 24 Nov 1899, 711(illus.); B 79, 7 Jul 1900, 15; C.E.B. Brett, Glens of Antrim (UAHS, 1971), 33 (no. 14)

Building: CO. DOWN, DONAGHADEE, HOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: New villa to be built. Tenders invited Jun 1900.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Apr,1,15 Jul 1900, 323,414,422; Architect 63, 29 Jun 1900, suppl. p.9; B 78, 30 Jun 1900, 654

Building: CO. DOWN, DONAGHADEE, HOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: New villa.
Refs:

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, TOWN CROSS
Date: 1900
Nature: Restoration. Re-erected outside E end of Cathedral. Work carried out by William Hastings, Downpatrick.
Refs: Building News 73, 2 Jul 1897, 11; IB 42, 15 Mar 1900, 315; Ulster Journal of ArchaeologyI (1897), 274

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANDERSONSTOWN, HOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: Detached villa residence. Contractor: James Kidd, Leadbetter st.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE DRIVE, NO. 006 & 8
Date: 1900
Nature: Red brick & roughcast. WJF lived at No. 8.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 48

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLOUCESTER STREET, WAREHOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: New. Builder: James Kidd
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLOUCESTER STREET, WAREHOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MYRTLEVILLE PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: New detached villa. Builder: J.W. Lester. (cf. No. 68)
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, QUEEN'S SQUARE, BUSINESS PREMISES
Date: 1900
Nature: Extensive alts. & adds. Builder: James Kidd.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, QUEEN'S SQUARE, BUSINESS PREMISES
Date: 1900
Nature: Adds. & alts. Builder: James Kidd.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ORLANDS (KILROOT)
Date: 1900
Nature: Tenders invited for making additions, for Thomas James Welland, Bishop of Down & Connor.
Refs: B 79, 3 Nov 1900, 402

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WOODSTOCK ROAD, NO. 263, WILLOWFIELD PARISH CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1900-01
Nature: Extension of nave and addition of porch. Tenders invited Mar 1901. Re-opened after alts. Oct 1901. Builder: John Keith, Glenravel St..
Refs: B 80, 9 Mar 1901, 250 (advt. for tenders); IB 43, 24 Oct 1901, 916; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 42 (no. 86, illus.)

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYWALTER PARK
Date: 1900ca
Nature: Gate lodge for Lord Dunleath, probably by WJF.
Refs: J.A.K. Dean, The Gate Lodges of Ulster (UAHS, 1994), 63 (no. 38, illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HIGH STREET, NO. 037
Date: 1901
Nature: Alterations to accommodate a clothier's business. Shop front by J. Andrew.
Refs: IB 43, 13 Mar 1901, 656

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HIGH STREET, NO. 039
Date: 1901
Nature: Business premises.
Refs: IB 43, 13 Mar 1901, 656

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE PARK, NO. 051 (NEPHIN)
Date: 1901
Nature: Free style.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 96-7.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MYRTLEFIELD PARK, NO. 068
Date: 1901
Nature: Red brick and roughcast with some half timbering.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 141

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI)
Date: 1902
Nature: Proposed rearrangement of chancel.
Refs: Drawing in church vestibule; D. Dunleath, P.J. Rankin, A. Rowan, Downpatrick (UAHS, 1970), 29 (no. 93)

Building: CO. DOWN, DONAGHADEE, HOUSE
Date: 1902
Nature: New villa to be built.
Refs: IB 44, 22 May 1902, 1262

Building: CO. DOWN, DONAGHADEE, BALLYWILLIAM, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1902
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same.
Refs: B 88, 10 May 1902, 484; IB 44, 22 May 1902, 1262

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYWALTER, DUNLEATH ARMS
Date: 1902
Nature: New. Lord Dunleath 'intends to run the inn under the Gottenberg principle, falling into line with a movement which is increasing in favour in the North of Ireland'. Builder: A. Gordon, Newtownards.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1902, 345; IB 43, 5 Dec 1901, 960; 44, 27 Feb 1902, 1048(illus. in supplement).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE SQUARE NORTH, NO. 038 (WHITLA MEDICAL INSTITUTE)
Date: 1902
Nature: Built by Sir William Whitla at his own cost. FS laid 12 Apr 1902; opened 26 Nov 1902. Tudoresque, in Scrabo stone with Dumfries dressings. Carving by James Edgar Winter (Winter & Thompson).
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1903, no. 236; B 88, 26 Apr 1902, 427-8; IB 44, 4 Dec 1902, 1495,1510; 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 69 (no. 158, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 78

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE ROAD UPPER, MOUNTCOLLYER
Date: 1902
Nature: For John Thompson. Now nucleus of Fleming Fulton School.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 177

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY ROAD, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
Date: 1902
Nature: New laboratory for engineering and physics. (This is surely incorrect?)
Refs: IB 43, 19 Jun 1902, 1283

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, ROAD (NEW)
Date: 1902
Nature: -
Refs: IB 44, 14 Aug 1902, 1358

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLINDERRY, CHURCH (MIDDLE CHURCH)
Date: 1902a
Nature: Restoration of Jeremy Taylor's church, dating from 1664-68..
Refs: IB 43, 27 Feb,27 Mar 1902, 1048,1088; B 94, 6 Jun 1908, ?; UJA, 2nd series, 3 (Oct 1896), 13-22; Ulster Journal of Archaeology(1902), 192; Douglas Scott Richardson, Gothic Revival Architecture in Ireland (1983), pp. xvi, 16;  interior illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013),  215.


Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, CHURCH STREET, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI, DOWN PARISH)
Date: 1903
Nature: Pulpit in memory of Archdeacon Townley Blackwood Price.
Refs: Clergy of Down & Dromore (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1996), 104

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE DRIVE, NO. 010
Date: 1903
Nature: Red brick & roughcast with half-timbered gables.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 48

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE PARK, NO. 052
Date: 1903
Nature: Porch added by Samuel Stevenson, 1916.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 98

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE ROAD, NO. 136
Date: 1903
Nature: Assymetrical red brick.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 124

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TOWNSEND STREET, MATERNITY HOSPITAL
Date: 1903-04
Nature: Addition in form of T-shaped, 3-storey buildingl. Tenders invited for erecting same, Sep 1903. Opened 7 Nov 1904. Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey
Refs: B 85, 26 Sep 1903, 326; 87, 26 Nov 1904, 554; IB 45, 8 Oct 1903, 2020,2026; 46, 19 Nov 1904,772,774

Building: CO. DONEGAL, ROSAPENNA, HOTEL
Date: 1904
Nature: Alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 46, 22 Oct,5 Nov 1904, 706,750

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, SCHOOL (MASSEREENE SCHOOL)
Date: 1904
Nature: New school. Tenders invited Feb 1904. Brought into operation, 1905.
Refs: B 86, 27 Feb 1904, 239; IB 46, 27 Feb,12,26 Mar 1904, 122,158,190; 72nd Rport of National Education Commissioners (1905), 16

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE DRIVE, NO. 009
Date: 1904
Nature: Red brick with half tibered gables overailing canted bay.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 48

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE DRIVE, NO. 012
Date: 1904
Nature: Red brick, for Miss Kelly.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 48

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DURHAM STREET, FACTORY (W.W. CLELLAND)
Date: 1904
Nature: 3-storey building. Completed 1904. Contractor: William Gabbey & Sons, Hope St.
Refs: IB 46, 18 Jun 1904, 366

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYWALTER, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1905
Nature: Adds. & alts. to 2 cottages.
Refs: IB 47, 8 Apr 1905, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, CHURCH STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1905
Nature: Alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 47, 8 Apr 1905, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Date: 1906
Nature: Alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 48, 19 May 1906, 414

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLINDERRY, OATLANDS HOUSE
Date: 1906-07
Nature: Additions, for Mrs Walkington. Tenders invited Sep 1906. Builder: H. Lavery & Sons.
Refs: B 91, 1 Sep 1906, 286; IB 49, 4 May 1907, 324

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, TEACHER'S RESIDENCE
Date: 1907
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same. For select vestry of parish church.
Refs: IB 49, 15 Jun 1907, 425

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LIBRARY STREET, ROBERT WATSON & CO.
Date: 1907
Nature: New. Runs into same firm's premises on Donegall Street, forming arcade. Builder: James Kidd. cf. No.1. There seem to be 2 different buildings.
Refs: IB 49, 18 May 1907, 358

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MAY STREET, NO. 012 (VICTORIA MEMORIAL HALL)
Date: 1907
Nature: New organ chamber and gallery. Builder: H. Laverty & Sons.
Refs: IB 49, 1 Jun,5 Oct 1907, 393,693

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MYRTLEFIELD PARK, NO. 058
Date: 1907
Nature: Red brick, gabled, with verandah.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 141

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY SQUARE, HOUSE
Date: 1907
Nature: Additions, for Dr Mitchell. Contractor: H. Keith.
Refs: IB 49, 1 Jun 1907, 393

Building: CO. TYRONE, DUNGANNON, PARK ROAD, NATIONAL SCHOOL (CI, DRUMGLASS PARISH)
Date: 1908
Nature: New nationional schools for parishioners of Drumglass. Tender of Thornbury Bros., Belfast (£2,000) accepted.
Refs: IB 49, 9 Mar 1907, 176; 50, 11 Jul,12 Dec 1908, 437,775

Building: ENGLAND, LONDON, UXBRIDGE ROAD (SHEPHERD'S BUSH), FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION
Date: 1908
Nature: WJF designs 'Ballymaclinton', an Irish village (£25,000) and is awarded Grand Prize and Gold Medal for worker's cottage.
Refs: IB 50, 11 Jul,31 Oct,14 Nov 1908, 421,666(illus. as supplement),685

Building: CO. TYRONE, CASTLECAULFIELD, JOSEPH ACHESON MEMORIAL HALL
Date: 1908
Nature: New hall has been erected.
Refs: IB 50, 28 Nov 1908, 737; Irish Presbyterian (1909), 722.

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYWALTER PARK
Date: 1908
Nature: Additions, for Lord Dunleath. Tenders invited May-Jun 1908. Contractor: H. Laverty & Sons, Dublin.
Refs: IB 50, 30 May,25 Jul 1908, 341,465; B 94, 6 Jun 1908, 677

Building: CO. GALWAY, GALWAY, FEVER HOSPITAL
Date: 1908a
Nature: Competition entrant.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1908, no. 296; IB 50, 5 Sep 1908, 540,542(illus.)

Building: CO. TYRONE, DONAGHMORE, WORKERS' HOUSES
Date: 1908a
Nature: Model workers' cottages for employees of Mssrs. McClinton, soap manufacturers. (Replica of one of them built at Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.)
Refs: The Book of Ballymaclinton, the Irish village, Franco-British Exhibtion, London, 1908, 10 (copy of this booklet in IAA, RP.D 288.4(i).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, HILDEN (LISBURN), SCHOOLS
Date: 1909
Nature: WJF wins competition for designing same. Builder: Thornbury Bros. for Mssrs. Barbour.
Refs: IB 51, 27 Nov 1909, 755; 52, 19 Feb 1910, 117; 53, 23 Dec 1911, 843

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY ROAD, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
Date: 1909
Nature: Extension; alts, to registrar's house to give rooms for women students and additional lecture rooms. Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey.
Refs: IB 51, 23 Jan,20 Mar,24 Jul 1909, 37,161,454

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY SQUARE, HOUSE
Date: 1909
Nature: To be built for £1,000.
Refs: B 96, 5 Jun 1909, 683

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY STREET, NATIONAL SCHOOL (ALL SAINTS' PARISH)
Date: 1909
Nature: WJF asked to prepare plans Nov 1908. For select vestry of All Saints Parish.
Refs: IB 50, 28 Nov 1908, 737; 51, 16,30 Oct 1909, 661,694

Building: CO. ANTRIM, HILLHALL (LISBURN), JAM FACTORY
Date: 1909
Nature: Builder: McRoberts & Armstrong
Refs: IB 51, 29 May 1909, 342; IA & C 1, 29 Apr 1911, 197

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LISBURN, HILL HALL, FACTORY (W.G. MCCLEEVE & CO.)
Date: 1909-1911
Nature: Large jam and toffee factory, opened 1911.
Refs: B 96, 5 Jun 1909, 683; 53, 15 Apr 1911, 246

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHICHESTER STREET, VETERINARY ESTABLISHMENT
Date: 1910
Nature: For S. Thompson, VS.
Refs: IB 52, 25 Jun 1910, 414; Marcus Patton, Central Belfats: an historical Gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 66

Building: CO. DOWN, CULTRA, BALLYCULTRA (LATER CULLODEN, LATER BISHOP'S PALACE)
Date: 1910
Nature: Addition of chapel in Early English style when house was serving as Bishop's Palace..
Refs: Paul Harron, Architects of Ulster: Young & Mackenzie, a transformational provincial practice 1850-1960 (Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 2016), 310.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CREGAGH ROAD, WILLOWFIELD PARISH CHURCH HALL (1911)
Date: 1910-11
Nature: Opened 25 Feb 1911. Builder: McIntyre Bros.
Refs: IB 52, 17 Sep 1910, 588; 53, 4 Mar 1911, 145

Building: CO. DOWN, KNOCKNAMUCKLEY (PORTADOWN), CHURCH OF ST MATTHIAS (CI)
Date: 1911
Nature: Tenders invited for addition of chancel and other work, May 1911..
Refs: IB 53, 27 May,22 Jul 1911, 362,494; IA & C 1, 20 May 1911, 229; B 100, 19 May 1911, 628;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 301.

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYWALTER, RECTORY
Date: 1911
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting new rectory, for Lord Dunleath.
Refs: IB 53, 16 Sep,25 Nov 1911, 630,790

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ARTHUR SQUARE, NO. 013-21 (MASONIC HALL)
Date: 1911
Nature: New sanitary annexes.
Refs: IB 53, 19 Aug 1911, 561

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALLYGOMARTIN ROAD, ST MATTHEW'S RECTORY
Date: 1911
Nature: New. Builder: James Colville.
Refs: IB 53, 16 Sep,23 Dec 1911, 630,840

Building: CO. ANTRIM, JORDANSTOWN, DALRIADA
Date: 1911
Nature: Extensive alts. & adds. Builder: James Colville, Henry St
Refs: IA & C 1, 11 Feb 1911, 42

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CREGAGH ROAD, HARDING MEMORIAL SCHOOL
Date: 1911-13
Nature: National schools for select vestry of Willowfield parish. Tenders invited Jul 1911. Contractor: Robert Corry. Opended 5 Apr 1913.
Refs: B 101, 28 Jul 1911, 114; IB 53, 5 Aug,2 Sep 1911, 530,598; 55, 12 Apr 1913, 249; Building News 104, 17 Jan 1913, 109; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 42 (sub no. 86)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SYDENHAM (LR), NATIONAL SCHOOLS
Date: 1912
Nature: By Fennell & Clarke.
Refs: B 103, 26 Jul 1912, ?

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WILLOWFIELD, SCHOOLS
Date: 1912
Nature: New Catholic schools. By Fennell & Clarke. Contractors: Feenan & Hughes, Garmoyle St. £4000.
Refs: B 98, 19 Mar 1910, 335; IB 54, 14 Sep 1912, 535

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANDBURN STREET, STRAND NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1912-14
Nature: By Fennell & Clarke. Tenders invited Jul 1912. Builder: Thornbury Bros.
Refs: IB 51, 30 Oct 1909, 693; 54, 20 Jul,3 Aug 1912, 432,458; 56, 14 Mar 1914, 167; B 103, 26 Jul 1912, 125

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BUSHMILLS, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1913
Nature: New. By Fennell & Clarke.
Refs: IB 55, ? ?,7 Jun 1913, 365,384; Building News 104, 13 Jun 1913, 820

Building: CO. TYRONE, COOKSTOWN, LOY STREET, TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Date: 1914
Nature: Fennell & Clarke appointed architects for same. Brick neo-classical.
Refs: IB 56, 15 Aug 1914, 489; R.W. Oram & P.J. Rankin, Historic Buildings in…Dungannon & Cookstown (UAHS, 1971),33 (no. 82)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNT STREET UPPER, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OFFICES (PROPOSED)
Date: 1918
Nature: Competition entrants.
Refs: IB 60, 16 Feb 1918, 82.

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, CHURCH STREET, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI, DOWN PARISH)
Date: ?
Nature: Pulpit and proposed rearrangement of chancel.
Refs: Drawings in church vestibule; D. Dunleath, P.J. Rankin, A.J. Rowan, Historic Buildings… in the town of Downpatrick (UAHS, 1970), 29 (no. 93)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NERVOUS DISEASES HOSPITAL
Date: ?
Nature: -
Refs: IB 46, 19 Nov 1904, 772 or 774

Author Title Date Details
Fennell, William John 'Franciscan Abbey of Donegal' 1900 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 6 (1900), 224.
Fennell, William John 'Ballygalley Castle' 1901 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 7 (1901), 75.
Fennell, William John 'Growth of an Art' 1902 IB 43, 13 Mar 1902, 1076. (Text, summary or note of lecture given at School of Art, North St, Belfast.)
Fennell, William John 'Two mediaeval buildings' 1902 IB 43, 4 Dec 1902, 1508. (Text, summary or note of lecture to AAI.)
Fennell, William John 'Gothic Art' 1902 IB 44, 27 Mar 1902, 1086. (Summary of lecture given in Belfast.)
Fennell, William John 'Norman Cuniform Stones in the Ardes, Co. Down' 1903 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 9 (1903), 157.
Fennell, William John 'The O'Neill Monument, Donaghmore' 1903 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 9 (1903), 36.
Fennell, William John 'Church Island of Mismore, Lough Gill' 1904 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 10 (1904), 166.
Fennell, William John 'The Golden Age of Gothic Art' 1905 IB 47, 18 Nov 1905, 811. (Lecture given to AAI, 7 Nov 1905.)
Fennell, William John 'Westminster Abbey' 1906 IB 48, 6 Oct 1906, 793. (Lecture given in Municipal Technical Institute.)
Fennell, William John 'Bangor, Co. Down' 1906 IB 48, 29 Dec 1906, 1057.
Fennell, William John 'Where the Masters Wrote' 1906 IB 48, 8 Sep 1906, 710. (Paper on Donegal Abbey read to Belfast Naturalists' Field Club.)
Fennell, William John 'In and around Downpatrick' 1906 IB 48, 17 Nov 1906, 937. (Lecture delivered in Municipal Technical Institute, Belfast.)
Fennell, William John 'Greyabbey' 1908 IB 50, 8 Feb 1908, 70.
Fennell, William John 'Restored to the Roman Obedience'[St Etheldreda's Church, Holborn, London] 1908 IB 50, 11 Jan 1908, 29.
Fennell, William John 'Muiredach's High Cross at Monasterboice' 1909 IB 51, 7 Aug 1909, 497.
Fennell, William John 'Westminster Abbey' 1910 IB 52, 28 May 1910, 358.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'The Middle Church of Ballinderry & Bishop Jeremy Taylor' 1897 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 3 (1897), 13-22.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'High cross of Downpatrick' 1897 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 3 (1897), 272.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'The Friary of Nun-na-margie, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim' 1898 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 4 (1898), 191.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Culfeightrin Church, Diocese of Connor' 1898 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 4 (1898), 178.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Ardboe, Co. Tyrone, its cross & churches'' 1898 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 4 (1898), 1.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Souterrain in the parish of Arboe, Co. Tyrone' 1898 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 4 (1898), 65.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Cranfield Church and Cross' 1898 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 4 (1898), 48.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Inishorgie old Church in the Ards in the County of Down' 1898 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 4 (1898), 231.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Teampull Lastrac, Dunseveric, Co. Antrim' 1899 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 5 (1899), 60.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'The White Abbey in the Parish of Carnmoney, Co. Antrim' 1899 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 5 (1899), 175.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Layde, Cushendall, Co. Antrim' 1900 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 5 (1899), 35.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'Dunluce Church, Co. Antrim' 1900 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 6 (1900), 5.
Fennell, William John, & Bigger, Francis Joseph 'The round church of Carrig Fergus Castle' 1908 Ulster Journal of Archaeology 14 (1908), 183.