Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Chief engineer of the Great Northern Railway Company from 1876 until 1910. William Hemingway Mills was born in Yorkshire in 1834 and in 1850 became a pupil of William Henry Barlow. After working on railways in Scotland, Andalucia and Mexico, he was appointed chief engineer of the Great Northern Railway in 1876, a position which he held until his retirement in 1910, when he was succeeded by FREDERICK ARTHUR CAMPION FREDERICK ARTHUR CAMPION . He was an active member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland and is said to have interested himself in many charitable works. He died at home in Glenageary on 12 January 1918.(1) His pupils and assistants included JOSHUA HARRISON HARGRAVE.  JOSHUA HARRISON HARGRAVE.

ICEI: elected member, 11 April 1877;(2) council member, 1878 until death; delivers paper, 'The Mexican Railway', 3 May 1882;(3) president 1883-84; delivers paper, 'Description of a cast-iron tubular culvert constructed to replace a defective brick arch culvert under the railway at Killyman in the County of Tyrone', 3 April 1912.(4)
Inst.CE: elected member, 1 April 1862.(5)
RDS: member.

Addresses: Work: Great Northern Railway Company, Amiens Street, 1876-1910.
Home: 26 Marino Crescent, Clontarf, 1883;(6) Nurney, Gleanageary, Co. Dublin, <=1887 until death.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography in Modern Ireland. Men of the Period (London [1900]), 89, which is illustrated with a portrait photograph, theobituaries of Mills in TICEI 44 (1919), 150, and IB 60, 19 Jan 1918, 50, and from the lists of officers and members in TICEI.   IB 29, 1 Aug 1887, 222, reprints a short biography of Mills from the 'current number' of the English journal Invention, which 'furnishes a large lithographed sheet comprising portraits of "Locomotive Pioneers" and whose memoirs are given in the journal'.

(1) Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist, Inst.CE, gives the date of his death as 22 Jan1918.
(2) TICEI 12 (1876-79), 34.
(3) TICEI 14 (1881-1883), 105-133; also published in IB 24, 15 May,1 Jun 1882, 149-151,166-7.
(4) TICEI 38 (1911-1912), 161-174.
(5) Information from Inst.CE archives, kindly supplied by Mrs Carol Morgan.
(6) Thom's Directory (1883).


29 work entries listed in chronological order for MILLS, WILLIAM HEMINGWAY


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Building: CO. TYRONE, COOKSTOWN, MOLESWORTH STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1879
Nature: Additional station in reddish brown brick with relieving courses in black, dark brown and yellow.
Refs: Ulster Journal of Archaeology 27 (1964), 157,Pl.22a;  R.W. Oram & P.J. Rankin, Historic Buildings in…Dungannon & Cookstown (UAHS, 1971), 24 (No. 4)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, AMIENS STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1882-84
Nature: Extension including new booking offices, platforms and approaches Contractors: Collen Bros (brickwork); Grendon & Co., Drogheda (ironwork). Vaults, arches &c. built by the company's own workmen under superintendence of Mr Hughes.
Refs: IB 26, 1 May 1884, 126; Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 166-7, Pl. 82..
 

Building: CO. TYRONE, SION MILLS, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1883
Nature: New station in pale yellow brick.
Refs: Ulster Journal of Archaeology 27 (1964), 157(illus.)

Building: CO. CAVAN, BELTURBERT, CHAPEL ROAD, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1885
Nature: Long, single-storey range in rock faced limestone, for Great Northern Railway Co.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013),

Building: CO. CAVAN, CLOVERHILL, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1885ca
Nature: 'The familiar  polychromatic GNR design, probably by W.H. Mills.' (Mulligan)
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 286.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, AMIENS STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1891
Nature: Extensive new offices, including booking and parcels offices, cloakroom, waiting rooms, lavatories &c., at exchange platform for City of Dublin Junction Railway (Loop Line). Contractor: John Good, Great Brunswick St.
Refs: IB 33, 15 May 1891, 118

Building: CO. LOUTH, DUNDALK, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1891-94
Nature: New station to replace existing 'unsightly and discrditable and wholly inadequate' one. Opened May? 1894. Took 3 years to build and cost £14,000. Contractor: John Rice, Dundalk..
Refs: IB 31, 15 Jun 1889, 163; 36, 1 Jun 1894, 133; Alan McCutcheon, Railway History in Pictures: Ireland II [1970], 32

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT VICTORIA STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY TERMINUS)
Date: 1892
Nature: New wagon repairing shops; to be timber built, 129 x 40ft with iron roof principals, partly covered with glass and corrugated iron.
Refs: IB 34, 1 Feb 1892, 31

Building: CO. DOWN, DROMIN, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1895
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same for Great Northern Railway Co., Oct 1895.
Refs: Irish Times, 10 Oct 1895

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1897
Nature: Rebuilding.
Refs: McCutcheon, 'Ulster Railway Architecture', Ulster Journal of Archaeology27 (3rd Series), 159

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LISBURN, RAILWAY STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1897
Nature: New station, replacing that of 1839, built under supervision of R.B. Belfrage, Belfast.. Contractor: David McHenry, Belfast.
Refs: B 73, 13 Nov 1897, 406; McCutcheon, 'Ulster Railway Architecture', Ulster Journal of Archaeology27 (3rd Series), 159

Building: CO. ARMAGH, GORAGHWOOD, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1903
Nature: Stationmaster's house, for Great Northern Railway Co.
Refs: IB 45, 8 Oct 1903, 2018

Building: CO. DUBLIN, MALAHIDE, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1903
Nature: New, for Great Northern Railway Co.
Refs: IB 45, 8 Oct 1903, 2018

Building: CO. ARMAGH, PORTADOWN, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1904
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of parcel post building.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 122

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, ENNISKILLEN, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1904
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of coal store.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 122

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CARRICKMACROSS, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1904
Nature: Tenders invited for extension of goods store.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 122

Building: CO. MEATH, KELLS, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1904
Nature: Goods offices.
Refs: IB 46, 30 Jul 1904, 490

Building: CO. MEATH, NAVAN, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1904
Nature: Goods offices.
Refs: IB 46, 30 Jul 1904, 490

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT VICTORIA STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY TERMINUS)
Date: 1904
Nature: Tenders invited for extension of porter warehouse.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 122

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, VICTORIA BRIDGE, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1904
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of new station.
Refs: IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 122

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT VICTORIA STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY TERMINUS)
Date: 1905
Nature: Auxiliary goods office.
Refs: IB 47, 20 May 1905, 350

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, MONAGHAN, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1905
Nature: Alterations to station master's house for Great Northern Railway.
Refs: Signed drawing, dated 17 Apr 1905, in Irish Railway Record Society Archive, see Bronagh Traynor, Monaghan Railway Station Conservation Report (Applied Building Repair and Conservation, Faculty of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2008), 44,72(illus.). (Copy in IAA, ABRC/2008.16.)

Building: CO. LOUTH, DUNDALK, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1906
Nature: Erection of 2-storey stone building 181 by 50 feet, also offices.
Refs: IB 48, 17 Nov 1906, 928

Building: CO. TYRONE, SIXMILECROSS, STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1906
Nature: Tenders sought for erection of stationmaster's house
Refs: IB 48, 20 Oct 1906, 861; B 91, 20 Oct 1906, 465

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, AMIENS STREET, RAILWAY STATION (GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY)
Date: 1906
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of motor car shed.
Refs: IB 48, 7 Apr 1906, 282

Building: CO. DUBLIN, GORAGHWOOD, QUARRY
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders sought for erecting of stonebreaking plant at Goraghwood quarry for Great Northern Railway Co.
Refs: IB 96, 15 May 1909, 594

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ADELAIDE & WINDSOR STATION (GNR CO.)
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of running shed for engines, workshops, offices &c., close to Adelaide & windsor station. For Great Northern Railway Co.
Refs: B 96, 15,29 May 1909, 593,657

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STOCKMAN'S LANE, RAILWAY STATION
Date: ?
Nature: 'two storey red brick building with yellow brick details built by the GNR probably in the 1880s under the direction of their chief engineer at the time, W.H. Mills'
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 159

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, BALLYBAY, STATIONMASTER'S HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: 1½ storey gable-ended block.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 155.

Author Title Date Details
Mills, William Hemingway [Presidential address to ICEI] 1883 TICEI 15 (1883-84), 1-29. (Address delivered 7 Nov 1883.)
Mills, William Hemingway 'The Mexican Railway' 1883 TICEI 14 (1881-1883), 105-133. (Paper read to ICEI 3 May 1882.)
Mills, William Hemingway Railway Construction 1898 Longmans, Green & Co., 1898. (Copy in IAA.)
Mills, William Hemingway 'Description of a cast-iron tubular culvert…under the railway at Killyman, in the County of Tyrone' 1912 TICEI 38 (1911-1912), 161-174.