Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.  Francis Gerald Townsend, who was born in Abersychan, Monmouthshire, Wales, in 1875 or 1876, was the elder son of FRANCIS EDWARD TOWNSEND FRANCIS EDWARD TOWNSEND , under whom he served a three-year pupilage. He was engaged on various projects in England as a contractor's engineer before coming to Ireland, apparently in the later 1890s, to work on the Buncrana to Carndonagh railway in Co. Donegal and on the Burtonport and Ballyshannon extensions. After living for a time in Ballyshannon, in about 1916 he moved to Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and entered into partnership with his father, who had settled there.(1)   The partnership, known as as F.E. Townsend & Son, lasted until at least 1928,(2) but during the 1930s Francis Gerald Townsend appears to have been working on his own, his father having presumably died or retired. The Irish Builder records work by him for a number of district councils in Co. Fermanagh and the neighbouring counties and, towards the end of his career, for the Co. Fermanagh education authority.(3) He died in 1942 or 1943.(4) According to the 1911 census he married his Donegal-born wife, Kathleen Rosa, in 1900 or 1901 but had no surviving children when the census was taken.

ICEI: elected associate member, 3 January 1906;(5) raised to member, 1926.

Address: Main Street, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, 1905-1916; Forthill House, Enniskillen, 1913-14;(6) Victoria Terrace, Enniskillen, 1917-1927; 5 Orchard Terrace, Enniskillen, 1929-1934;(7) 1 Celtic Park, Enniskillen, 1936 -1942.

See WORKS. For works by F.E. Townsend & Son, see entry for Francis Edward Townsend.



References

Information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the English censuses of 1881 and 1891, the 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Oct 2009),  ICEI membership applications, IV, 2, ICEI membership lists and Thom's directories.

(1) IB 58, 25 Mar 1916, 143.
(2) IB IB 70, 27 Oct 1928, 924.
(3) See Works and IB 81, 10 Jun 1939, 504; 82, 22 Jun 1940, 419.
(4) TICEI 69 (1942-43), ?.
(5) TICEI 33 (1905-1907), ?.
(6) IB 55, 10 May 1913, 320;56, 17 Jan 1914, 48.
(7) IB 76, 28 Jul 1934, 642.


21 work entries listed in chronological order for TOWNSEND, FRANCIS GERALD


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Building: CO. DONEGAL, DONEGAL, INFIRMARY?
Date: 1908
Nature: Open-air shelters for consumptive patients.
Refs: IB 50, 28 Nov 1908, 737

Building: CO. DONEGAL, GLENTIES, CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1911
Nature: Tenders invited for carrying out alts. to church of 1860ca.
Refs: IB 53, 16 Sep 1911, 630

Building: CO. DONEGAL, DONEGAL, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1911
Nature: Extensive adds. & alts.
Refs: IA & C 1, 29 Apr 1911, 186; IB 53, 13 May 1911, 326

Building: CO. DONEGAL, DONEGAL, TYRCONNELL STREET, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1911
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of shop & house.
Refs: IA & C 1, 22 Apr 1911, 172

Building: CO. DONEGAL, DONEGAL, CASTLE STREET, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1911
Nature: 2 semi-detached villas.
Refs: IA & C 1, 8 Apr 1911, 144

Building: CO. LEITRIM, MANORHAMILTON, HOUSE
Date: 1912
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting villa.
Refs: IB 54, 16 Mar 1912, 172

Building: CO. CAVAN, COOTEHILL, HOUSES
Date: 1917
Nature: 'Mr Townsend CE' appointed architect for labourers' cottage scheme by Cootehill No. 2 RDC.
Refs: IB 59, 17 May 1917, 135

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, DERRYLIN, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1923
Nature: Tenders invited for restoration. Archts: 'F.E. Townsend & Son'.
Refs: B 124, 6 Apr 1923, 584

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, FLORENCECOURT, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1934
Nature: Tenders invited for building same.
Refs: IB 76, 19 May 1934, 438

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, ENNISKILLEN, CELTIC PARK, HOUSES
Date: 1934
Nature: Land purchased by J.N. Carson, JP, Killyreagh, for erecting 20 detached villas, 1932. Tenders invited, 1934, for erecting 6,12 or 18 houses on ?same. (1932 and 1934 refs. may be to different pieces of land. FGT lived at No. 1 Celtic Park from circa 1936.).
Refs: IB 74, 19 Nov 1932, 1057; 76, 16 Jun,28 Jul 1934, 518,642

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, LACK, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1934
Nature: Alts., new heating system.
Refs: IB 76, 19 May,30 Jun 1934, 438,560

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, ENNISKILLEN, DUBLIN ROAD, DISTRICT MODEL SCHOOL
Date: 1934-1935
Nature: Remodelled, with adds.(6 new classrooms, staff room, principal's office), by FGT. Reopened 27 Jun 1935. Cost: £4,000. Contractor: John Bloomfield.
Refs: IB 76, 7,21 Apr 1934, 291,354; Hugh Dixon, Historic Buildings …in the town of Enniskillen (UAHS, 1973), 37; EMS 1867-1967, 39 (copy in IAA, RP.D.288.7).

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, IRVINESTOWN, SEWERAGE
Date: 1937
Nature: Tenders invited for construction of sewerage scheme.
Refs: IB 79, 1 May 1937, 406

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, LISBELLAW, SEWERAGE
Date: 1937
Nature: Tenders invited for laying of sewerage.
Refs: IB 79, 27 Nov 1937, 1058

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, ENNISKILLEN, HOUSES
Date: 1937
Nature: Housing scheme (for Enniskillen UDC?.)
Refs: IB 79, 24 Jul 1937, 673

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, DERRYHARNEY, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1938
Nature: Extension.
Refs: IB 80, 5 Mar 1938, 198

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, DERRYGONNELLY, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1938
Nature: Improvements.
Refs: IB 80, 15 Oct 1938, 874

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, ENNISKILLEN, COUNTESS OF ERNE PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1939
Nature: Repairs.
Refs: IB 81, 28 Oct 1939, 904

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, BELCOO, SEWERAGE
Date: 1939
Nature: Tenders invited for laying sewers.
Refs: IB 81, 30 Sep 1939, 834

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, LISBELLAW, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1941
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 83, 4 Jan 1941, 18

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, TEMPO, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1941
Nature: New water scheme.
Refs: IB 83, 12 Apr 1941, 196