Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Coleraine, Co. Derry. William Given, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in co. Derry in 1850 or 1851, was surveyor to the Mercers' Company's estates in Kilrea, Co. Derry, and an assistant county surveyor for Co. Derry before his appointment as town surveyor for Coleraine circa 1885.(1)  He appears in the Derry Almanac as an architect and civil engineer with an address at New Row, Coleraine, in 1891. By the following year he had moved to the Diamond, Coleraine, and had established the architectural partnership of W. & M. GIVEN -  GIVEN - also referred to as W.J. & M. Given - with his brother MAXWELL GIVEN MAXWELL GIVEN . Given continued in the post of town surveyor for Coleraine until his death, which took place at his home in Coleraine on 3 December 1923. A widower for many years, he had at least one son and one daughter.   The firm of W. & J. Given, carried on by Maxwell Given until his own death in 1934, continued to operate until at least the 1970s.

Addresses:(work) New Row, Coleraine, 1891; The Diamond, Coleraine, 1892 until death.
Home: 7 Captain Street, Coleraine, 1911; Ashbrook, Coleraine at time of death.

See WORKS. See also works of W.& J. GIVEN. GIVEN.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the brief obituary of Given in IB 65, 15 Dec 1923, 967.

(1) He appears (as William J. Given) in the list of assistant county surveyors for Co. Derry in Thom's Official Directory for 1875 but not in that for 1883.


12 work entries listed in chronological order for GIVEN, WILLIAM JAMES


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Building: CO. DERRY, BALLYWILLAN, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1887
Nature: Unexecuted designs.
Refs: 2 designs in collection of Malcolm McQuigg, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 20, no. 90; W.D. Girvan, List of Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 34(illus.),39 (no. 99)

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, TERRACE ROW, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1892
Nature: New front and transepts added to church of 1834. Builder: James Kennedy.
Refs: W.D. Girvan, List of Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 21 (no. 45);  Laurence Kirkpatrick, Presbyterians in Ireland: an illustrated history (Booklink, 2006), 190(illus.).


Building: CO. DERRY, LIMAVADY, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1900
Nature: Red brick and red sandstone. FS laid 10 Apr 1900. Builder: James Wray, Limavady.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 262; B 78, 28 Apr 1900, 427

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, HANOVER PLACE, BANN ROWING CLUB
Date: 1900
Nature: Brick and half-timbering.
Refs: W.D. Girvan, List of Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 18(no. 30),34(illus.)

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, WATERWORKS & RESERVOIR
Date: 1900-1901
Nature: Works, including supplementary reservoir.
Refs: IB 42, 15 Apr 1900, 335,343; 43, 24 Apr 1901, 704

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, DIAMOND, TOWN HALL
Date: 1902
Nature: Addition of extra bay and new entrance at East end.
Refs: W.D. Girvan, List of Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 9 (no. 1); James Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation, 1609-1914 (1986), 420

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, SCHOOLS
Date: 1904
Nature: New. For Urban District Council.(Is this a ref. to Technical School, q.v.?)
Refs: IB 46, 23 Apr 1904, 254

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, NEW MARKET STREET, TECHNICAL SCHOOL (OLD|)
Date: 1904-1906
Nature: Tenders invited Dec 1904. Tender of William Gould & Co. for £1,484.9.3. accepted. (Now RUC station.)
Refs: B 87, 17 Dec 1904, 650; IB 46, 31 Dec 1904, 894; 47, 14 Jan 1905, 14; 48, 19 May 1906, 414(illus.); 56, 14 Mar 1914, 167; W.D. Girvan, List of Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 23 (no. 56)

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, ANDERSON PARK, FOUNTAIN
Date: 1911
Nature: Cast-iron fountain in memory of Hugh Anderson, JP, executed by McFarlane's, Glasgow.Designed by 'Mr W. McGiven'.
Refs: IB 53, 14 Oct 1911, 693; illus. in W.D. Girvan, List of Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 10(illus.),16

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, HOUSES (009)
Date: 1911-13
Nature: 9 workmen's houses.
Refs: IB 53, 18 Mar 1911, 177; 55. 15 Feb 1913, 116

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1920
Nature: For Coleraine Urban District Council.
Refs: IB 62, 28 Feb 1920, 128

Building: CO. DERRY, LIMAVADY, MAIN STREET, NO. 081-83
Date: ?
Nature: High Victorian, 2-storey, 8-bay rendered block.
Refs: W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings in North Derry (UAHS, 1975), 13(no. 37)