Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect, for biography of whom see Oxford DNB and Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 644. During the 1850s and 1860s Benjamin Ferrey designed several buildings in Co. Down for the fifth Baron Dufferin & Ava, of which only the railway station at Helen's Bay and the remodelling of the gateway and outworks at Killyleagh Castle were executed. He also designed St John's Church, Sandymount, Dublin, for the Rt. Hon. Sidney Herbert (1850). At the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1854 he exhibited a small drawing for 'Buildings of Brick, for Educational Purpose, in Ireland', which the reviewer in the Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal dismissed as 'plain, and rather poor in design'.(1)

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(1) Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 17 (Jun 1854), 235.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARK AVENUE (SANDYMOUNT), CHURCH OF ST JOHN (CI)
Date: 1849-1850
Nature: New church, for Hon. Sidney Herbert, who paid entire cost. Opened for worship, 24 Mar 1850 and consecrated 6 Nov 1879; 'We are happy to add, that the more objectionable carvings were removed, previous to the consecration of the building, in compliance with the strongly-expressed opinion of the Archbishop.’ (Christian Examiner). Supervising architect: Darley. Builder: George Farrell.
Refs: Unsigned, undated plan, S & W elevations for church at Sandymount in RCB Library, MS 139 (C:\WP51\ARCH); B 8, 7 Sep 1850, 424; DB 6, 1,15 Oct 1864, 196(illus.),208; Frederick O'Dwyer, The Architecture of Deane and Woodward (Cork University Press, 1997), 483-4; Clergy of Dublin and Glendalough (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2001), 235;  exterior illus in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 296.    

Building: CO. DOWN, CLANDEBOYE, SCHOOLS
Date: 1854ca
Nature: Unexecuted designs for 5th Baron Dufferin & Ava.
Refs: 2 designs in collection of Marquess of Dufferin & Ava, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 22, nos. 104,105(illus.); RA 1854, no. 1238 'Some brick buildings for educational purposes…for a nobleman in the north of Ireland';(; Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 49

Building: CO. DOWN, KILLYLEAGH CASTLE
Date: 1861
Nature: Rebuilding of gateway and outworks. For 5th Baron Dufferin. Design exh. at RA, 1861; '...in spite of its battering walls, and unorthodox looking gateway, lacks much of the nerve and feeling of that genuine ancient work which it too feebly imitaties' (Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal)
Refs: Plan and elevation in collection of Marquess of Dufferin & Ava, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 16, no. 53(illus.); RA 1861, no. 661( 'Restoration of the gateway and outworks of Killyleagh Castle');  Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 24 (Jun 1861), 156;  Alistair Rowan, 'Killyleagh Castle, Co. Down - II', Country Life 147, 26 Mar 1970, 774(illus.),775(illus.),777.

Building: CO. DOWN, HELEN'S BAY, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1863
Nature: For Frederick Temple, 5th Baron Dufferin.
Refs: Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 28, no. 145; Mark Bence-Jones, 'The Building Dreams of a Viceroy - I'. Country Life 148, 1 Oct 1970, 818; C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of North County Down (UAHS, 2002), 260,261(illus.)

Building: CO. DOWN, CLANDEBOYE HOUSE
Date: 1865
Nature: Unexecuted designs for remodelling. For Frederick Temple, 5th Baron Dufferin.
Refs: 2 elevations in collection of Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, Clandeboye, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 14, no. 40; RA 1865 (no. 787); Mark Bence-Jones, 'The Building Dreams of a Viceroy - I'. Country Life 148, 1 Oct 1970, 818; Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 46

Building: CO. DOWN, ?, MARINE RESIDENCE
Date: ?
Nature: For 5th Baron Dufferin & Ava. Unexecuted.
Refs: Design in collection of Marquess of Dufferin & Ava, Clandeboye, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 14, no. 41(illus.)