Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. James Hargrave Bridgford, one of the five sons of the painter Thomas Bridgford, RHA,(1) was, if the information in the English census of 1901 is correct, born in Ireland circa 1844. He may have trained as an architect in the office of WILLIAM GEORGE MURRAY  WILLIAM GEORGE MURRAY at 68 Lower Gardiner Street, as this was the address given when he was elected a student of the RIAI on 25 January 1865.(2) From 1874 or earlier until 1880 he practised from his father's house, 66 Lower Mount Street; he then moved his office to 3 Merrion Street Lower.(3) He was apparently in partnership for a brief period with ROBERT JOHN STIRLING ROBERT JOHN STIRLING ; BRIDGFORD & BRIDGFORD & amp; STIRLING STIRLING , land surveyors and valuers, are listed at 66 Lower Mount Street in the Post Office Dublin Directory for 1874. He exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1878 until 1882 and was placed fourth in the Dublin South City Markets competition of 1878.(4)  He was architect and engineer to the Bray Pavilion Company wich was formed in the same year.(5)

Bridgford's pupils and assistants included THOMAS EDWARD HUDMAN  THOMAS EDWARD HUDMAN and GEORGE PATRICK SHERIDAN. GEORGE PATRICK SHERIDAN. (6) He disappears from the Dublin directories after 1883 but was still living in 1901, when he is recorded at Southampton in the English census.

RIAI: proposed as member 13 November 1878 by GEORGE CARLISLE HENDERSON GEORGE CARLISLE HENDERSON , seconded by JAMES HIGGINS OWEN  JAMES HIGGINS OWEN and WILLIAM STIRLING. WILLIAM STIRLING. (7)

Addresses: 68 Lower Gardiner Street, 1865; 66 Lower Mount Street, <=1874-1880; 3 Merrion Street Lower, 1881-1883.
Home: 1 Florence Terrace, Bray, 1883.(8)

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References

Information about the Bridgford family was kindly supplied by Mrs David Young (née Gillian Bridgford), Cheshire.

(1) W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 86; he is described as 'the son of the well-known artist' in IB 65, 13 Jan 1923, 13.
(2) RIAI council minutes, 31 Dec 1864, and general meeting minutes, 25 Jan and 16 Feb 1865.
(3) Post Office Dublin Directory (1874) and Ann M. Stewart, The Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts: index of exhibitors and their works 1826-1979 (1985), I, 81.
(4) B 36, 8 Jun 1878, 605.
(5) Irish Times, 6 Jun 1878.
(6) JRIAI (1924), 3.
(7) RIAI Council meeting minutes, 13 Nov 1878.
(8) Thom's Directory (1883), 1519.


14 work entries listed in chronological order for BRIDGFORD, JAMES HARGRAVE


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Building: CO. KILKENNY, CALLAN, CHAPEL & HOUSE
Date: 1870
Nature: -
Refs: 7 plans in NLI, AD 2465-2471.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MERCER STREET, MERCER'S HOSPITAL
Date: 1875-76
Nature: New buildings. Contractor: Robinson. Cost: £68,000.
Refs: IAA, PKS, B06a/18, B07/08 and A 06 (Jul 1875)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PETER STREET, ADELAIDE HOSPITAL
Date: 1876-1877
Nature: JHB appointed architect to hospital, Jul 1876. Extensive adds, Madeline wing theatre, fever hospital. Madeline Wing opened Oct 1879.
Refs: IAA, PKS B06a/40, A06 (Mar 1877); IB 18, 1 Aug,1 Dec 1876, 229,353; 19, 15 Oct 1877, 310;  Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette   21, no. 248, 1 Nov 1879, 714.

Building: CO. LAOIS, BEAUREIGH, CONCRETE HOUSE
Date: 1878
Nature: For Henry Pattison
Refs: RHA 1878, no. 594

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, PAVILION AND MUSICAL PROMENADE (PROPOSED)
Date: 1878
Nature: Proposed pavilion, ornamental pleasure grounds and bathing place for ladies. For Bray Pavilion Co., Estimated cost about £8500. construction under superivision of JHB and James Price.
Refs: Irish Times, 6 Jun 1878;  RHA 1879, no. 369.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GEORGE'S STREET SOUTH GREAT, SOUTH CITY MARKETS
Date: 1878
Nature: Placed fourth in competition.
Refs: B 36, 8 Jun 1878, 605

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GREAT WESTERN SQUARE (PHIBSBOROUGH)
Date: 1878
Nature: Competition entry, with G.P. Beater
Refs: RHA 1878, no. 573; repr. IB 20, Feb 1878, 39 (illus.)

Building: CO. WICKLOW, GREYSTONES, ROSSLEIGH
Date: 1879
Nature: New house, 'nearly completed', for William Pidgeon,, Esq., of Athlone. Contractor: G.F. Tyrrell.
Refs: IB 21, 15 Oct 1879, 323; B 37, 25 Oct 1879, 1182.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BLACKROCK, CARYSFORT AVENUE, ALL SAINTS SCHOOLS (CI)
Date: 1879
Nature: -
Refs: RHA 1879, no. 308

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HARCOURT TERRACE, NO. 022 (ASYLUM FOR AGED GOVERNESSES & UNMARRIED LADIES)
Date: 1879
Nature: Design exh. RHA. Casey suggests that both the Asylum and the adjoining  St Matthias's Widows' Almshouse  were designed by JHB.
Refs: RHA 1879, no. 372;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 527.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARLIAMENT STREET, NO. 002-3
Date: 1879
Nature: Rebuilding. Tenders invited, Jan 1879.
Refs: Irish Times, 2 Jan 1879,

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, BATHS
Date: 1880
Nature: New concrete sea baths.
Refs: RHA 1880, no. 490; IB 22, 15 Mar 1880, 83

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CONYNGHAM ROAD, SOLDIERS' INSTITUTE
Date: 1880
Nature: Design exh. RHA, 1880.
Refs: RHA 1880, no. 496; IB 22, 15 Mar 1880, 83

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ST KEVIN'S PARK (RATHMINES), MINORE
Date: 1882
Nature: For J.E. Brunker. Builder: J. Jackson.
Refs: IAA, PKS B11/16, A07(Jul 1882)