Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. John Hargrave was the third son of ABRAHAM HARGRAVE [1]  ABRAHAM HARGRAVE [1] of Cork. He was articled to his father's relative Thomas Harrison of Chester but established his practice in Ireland. Described by Thomas Reid in 1822 as 'an architect, in whom first-rate talent, unwearied industry, and inflexible integrity, are said to be united',(1) he was one of the architects who applied unsuccessfully to succeed FRANCIS JOHNSTON  FRANCIS JOHNSTON as architect to the Board of Works in 1826.(2) His application was supported by Lord Forbes and by R.H. Sheehan.(3) On 30 August 1833, at the age of 45, he was drowned with his only son, John, and all his family while sailing in his yacht in Cardigan Bay. A sale of some of his architectural drawings took place in Dublin on 1 December 1836.(4)

The Irish Architectural Archive has a copy of Sir James Hall's Essay on the Origin, History and Principles of Gothic Architecture (1813), which is stamped on the cover: 'To John Hargrave Esqr. Archt. this book is presented as a mark of respect for his professional talents by his friend John Lyons'.

Address: 16 Talbot Street, 1826-1833.(5)

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References

Information not otherwise accounted for is from the article by 'W.H.' (probably William Hargrave, M.D., fourth son of Abraham Hargrave[1]) on Abraham Hargrave[1] and other members of the Hargrave family in APSD, Part 14 (1864), H, 22-3.

(1) Thomas Reid, Travels in Ireland in 1822 (London, 1823), 208.
(2) NA/SPO CSORP 1826/14,307 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(3) NA/SPO CSORP 1826/14,692 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(4) Auction catalogue published Dublin, 1836.
(5) From Wilson's Dublin Directory.


52 work entries listed in chronological order for HARGRAVE, JOHN


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Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, GEORGE'S STREET, COUNTY COURT HOUSE
Date: 1814;1820
Nature: New court house on site of old gaol, 1814. Portico added 1820.(Brett gives dates as 1820 and 1824.) Total cost £17,000. Local freestone.
Refs: Angélique Day & Patrick McWilliams, eds. Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Vol. 5: Parishes of Co. Tyrone 1 (1990), 104;  C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 100(illus.),102; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 446.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, WELLINGTON TESTIMONIAL
Date: 1814ca
Nature: Entrant in Wellington Testimonail competition.
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 9,16

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, WELLINGTON TESTIMONIAL
Date: 1814ca
Nature: Entrant in Wellington Testimonail competition.
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 9,16

Building: CO. TYRONE, COOKSTOWN, CHURCH STREET, CHURCH OF ST LURAN (CI, DERRYLORAN PARISH)
Date: 1816
Nature: Prepares proposal for new church.
Refs: Plans and estimates for proposed new church in PRONI, DIO/4/22/7/12

Building: CO. LONGFORD, CASTLE FORBES
Date: 1819;1826
Nature: Proposed enlargement; works at. for Lord Forbes.
Refs: Plans and elevation for proposed enlargement, signed and dated 1819, and letter from JH to Lord Forbes, 1826, which indicates that he had been working at Castle Forbes after the fire of 1825, in PRONI, Granard Papers F/3/1-2; catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 27; APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 190

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LIFFORD, GAOL
Date: 1821-1825
Nature: Improvements (or new gaol?). Semi-circular, castellated.
Refs: Letter from Francis Johnston to Robert Robinson re proposed plans, 30 Nov 1821, in NA CSO/RP/1822/573;  catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 17; 4th Report of the Association for the Improvement of Prisons in Ireland (1823); Pigot & Co.'s City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory (1824), 393.

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, CASTLE STREET, COUNTY GAOL
Date: 1822-1823
Nature: New semi-circular gaol, adjacent to gaol of 1796. Governor's house in centre of arc.
Refs: Report by Francis Johnston on plans and estimates for same, Feb 1822, in NA CSORP/RP/1822/572;  NA/SPO 1826/307 (old ref from Edward McParland files, IAA Acc.2008/44); 4th Report of the Association for the Improvement of Prisons in Ireland (1823), ?;  Thomas Reid, Travels in Ireland in the year 1822 (1823), 208;  Angélique Day & Patrick McWilliams, eds. Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Vol. 5: Parishes of Co. Tyrone 1 (1990),  104-6;  APSD 14 (1864), H, 23

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, SPRING HOUSE (KILSHANE)
Date: 1822?
Nature: Built under the direction of Charles Frederick Anderson for John Low. (Datestone on house says 1822, in which case CFA was probably executing a design by John Hargrave, for whom he was working about this time.)
Refs: List of works in undated engraved 'Architectural Circular' of CFA

Building: CO. LONGFORD, BALLINALEE, GLEBE HOUSE
Date: 1822?
Nature: -
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings &c of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 4; Lewis says that Clonbroney glebe house was built in 1822.

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, MULLINGAR, COUNTY GAOL
Date: 1823
Nature: Additions or new gaol? (Demolished ca 1909 and County Hall built on site.)
Refs: NA/SPO CSORP 1823/7131 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44); Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 8,12,35,50; APSD , H, 23; cf. Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 420, which says that JH designed the gaol in 1821

Building: CO. DONEGAL, FORT STEWART
Date: 1823 or later
Nature: Proposed Italianate house for Sir James Stewart
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; signed and dated volume of 2 plans and two elevations in PRONI D2358, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 10 (no. 9, elevation repr. in plate section) (are these the same as the 4 drawings for this house, on paper watermarked 1823, in possession, 1967, of John Gamble, 539 Antrim Rd, Belfast?); Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 465

Building: CO. DONEGAL, ROCKHILL HOUSE
Date: 1823ca?
Nature: New wing, for John V. Stewart. Contractor: James McLaughlin.
Refs: Contract drawings, s. by John Hargrave, John Stewart and J. McLaughlin in NA, OPW drawings collection, old ref. no. G.7.8 (Northern Properties Shelves); APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 346

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, BALLYNAGALL, CHURCH (CI, PORTNASHANGAN PARISH)
Date: 1824
Nature: New church in English perpendicular style; 'built under the inspection of Mr Hargrave…chiefly founded or at least embellished through the liberality of James Gibbons, Esq.[of Ballynagall]' (Bell). Gibbons contributed £1,892 of total cost of £2,908(#woods).
Refs: NA/SPO 1825/12,783 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44); Thomas Bell An Essay on the origin and progress of Gothic Architecture in Ireland (1829), 247; Samuel Lewis, A Topographical dictionary of Ireland (1837), II, 468; APSD 14 (1864), H, 23;  J. Woods, Annals of Westmeath (1907), 81; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 452

Building: CO. TYRONE, FAVOUR ROYAL
Date: 1824
Nature: New house, for John Corry Moutray.
Refs: Volume of plans and elevations in PRONI D2023/14/1 (see PRONI e-catalogue); for the mediaeval design see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 10 (nos. 8, elevation repr. in plate section); Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 292

Building: CO. LONGFORD, KILLOE, CHURCH OF ST CATHERINE (CI)
Date: 1824
Nature: Probably by JH.  Similarities to Ballinalee.
Refs: See Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lots, 33,43;  illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 252.
 

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, MULLINGAR, COUNTY COURT HOUSE
Date: 1824ca
Nature: New 7-bay, 2-storey court house.
Refs: NA/SPO 1825/12,783 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44); catalogue of auction of architectural drawings &c of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 8,12,35,50; APSD, H, 23; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 420, Pl. 84

Building: CO. TYRONE, STRABANE, DERRY ROAD, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1825
Nature: Repairs.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 103; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 494

Building: CO. KILDARE, NAAS, COUNTY GAOL
Date: 1825-1833
Nature: 'The county gaol, completed in 1833, at an expense of £14,000, is a substantial and well-built edifice of hewn limestone on the readiating principle, consisting of four detachesd ranges of building, one of which contains rooms for debtors and an hospital, the other three, 60 cells and 7 day-rooms, ten airing yards, and a neat chapel…the entrance is between two bastions.' (Lewis)
Refs: NA/SPO 588 AAB 944; S. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), II, 418; APSD IV (1864), H, 23; IB 24, 15 Dec 1882, 358; Stan Hickey & Liam Kenny (eds.), Nas na Riogh…an illustrated history of Naas (Naas, 1990), 75(illus.)

Building: CO. LONGFORD, BALLINALEE, CHURCH OF ST JOHN (CI, CLONBRONEY PARISH)
Date: 1825;1830
Nature: New Gothic church. For Rev. Dr Crawfurd, but cf. Newtownforbes. (According to Lewis, the church was built in 1825 'by aid of a gift of £1100 from the late Board of First Fruits, and enlarged in 1830, by a loan of £300 from the same Board and a donation of £100 from the Countess Dowager of Rosse'. )
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 33,43; APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 137, Pl.103;  illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 252.


Building: CO. LONGFORD, LONGFORD, COUNTY GAOL
Date: 1825?
Nature: New gaol on semicircular plan.
Refs: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland (1846), II, 689; APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; date of 1825 given in Longford Year Book (1935)

Building: CO. KILDARE, ATHY, GAOL
Date: 1825ca
Nature: -
Refs: NA/SPO CSORP 1825/11,066 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44)

Building: CO. DERRY, DRENAGH
Date: 1825ca
Nature: Unexecuted designs, for Marcus Conolly McCausland.
Refs: Photocopies of plans and elevations in PRONI, T1697/1 (see PRONI e-catalogue); Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 249

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LOUGH VEAGH HOUSE (GARTAN)
Date: 1825ca
Nature: New house, for Daniel Chambers; 'an overblown Picturesque villa' (Rowan)
Refs: APSD, H, 23; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 304

Building: CO. TYRONE, DUNGANNON, GEORGE'S STREET, COUNTY COURT HOUSE
Date: 1826-1830
Nature: New court house. Grant of £764.7s.5d. from Board of Works in 1832.
Refs: NA/SPO 588 AAB 944 and CSORP 1826/14,448 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44); C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 99,101(illus); Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 260

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, MOATE, COURT HOUSE & BRIDEWELL
Date: 1826-28
Nature: New courthouse
Refs: Abstract of Presentments granted at Summer Assizes, Co. Westmeath, 1828 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44); APSD 14 (1864), H, 23;  Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 66,87,396.

Building: CO. LONGFORD, ARDAGH HOUSE
Date: 1826a
Nature: Trifling alterations for Sir George Fetherston
Refs: E.McP files, citing NA/SPO 1826/14,692

Building: CO. MEATH, TRIM, DUBLIN ROAD, COUNTY GAOL (NEW)
Date: 1827
Nature: New gaol with 5 cell blocks radiating from central governor's house.
Refs: E.McP files citing 'P[arliamentary] P[apers] Gaols 1830'; APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 519-20

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LETTERKENNY, COURT HOUSE & BRIDEWELL
Date: 1828-31
Nature: JH paid £60, 1831, for plans, estimates, specifications, and for supervising erection of same, 1831..
Refs: Co. Donegal Grand Jury presentments, Summer Assize, 1828, Lent Assize, 1829, Summer Assize, 1831 (p.11) (B. of I.); C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 60; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 344

Building: CO. LONGFORD, NEWTOWNFORBES, CHURCH OF ST PAUL (CI, CLONGISH OR CLONGUISH PARISH)
Date: 1829
Nature: Gothic church on site of earlier cruciform church. According to Lewis earlier church was 'supposed to have been built by the British settlers about 1694' and was 'rebuilt by aid of a gift of £830 from the late Board of First Fruits', in 1829'.
Refs: Undated elevation 'showing dimensions and character of nave and transept windows'.in Representative Church Body Library, see RCB Library - Architectural Drawings, https://archdrawing.ireland.anglican.org/items/show/30 (last visted, Mar 2017);  Samuel Lewis, A Topographical dictionary of Ireland (1837), II, 365;  Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 436, Pl. 101 (interior); exterior illus. in Clergy of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2008), 253;  Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 252.
  

Building: CO. DONEGAL, ARDS HOUSE
Date: 1830
Nature: New front?, for Alexander Stewart.
Refs: APSD, H 23

Building: CO. LONGFORD, COOLAMBER MANOR (FORMERLY CLOONSHANNAGH HOUSE)
Date: 1830ca
Nature: Classical. For Major S.W. Blackall (or Blackhall?). (Not to be confused with Coolamber, Co. Westmeath.)
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 89; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 490

Building: CO. WATERFORD, LISMORE, GAOL
Date: 1831
Nature: Proposed bridewell.
Refs: Photocopy (from original in Cork City and County Archives Institute?) of signed plans and elevation, dated Feb 1831 and endorsed 'Recommended by Major Woodward, Inspector Genl [of Prisons]'  in Jones file H37.

Building: CO. MEATH, NAVAN, BRIDEWELL
Date: 1831
Nature: JH paid balance due for superintending erection of Kells and Navan Bridewells. Converted into Police Barracks (qv) in 1885.
Refs: Co. Meath Grand Jury Presentments, Summer 1831

Building: CO. TYRONE, CLOGHER, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1832
Nature: Improvements, costing £300.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 99

Building: CO. TYRONE, FAVOUR ROYAL, CHURCH OF ST MARY, ERRIGAL PORTCLARE (CI, ERRIGAL TROUGH PARISH)
Date: 1834-1835
Nature: New chapel of ease built by John Corry Moutray for his tenants at Favour Royal.  'A handsome cruciform church, in the later English style, with a square tower at the north-east angle, was erected in the demesne of Favour Royal, in 1835, at an expense of £1000 by J.C. Moutray, Esq., who has endowed it with £50 per annum, augmented with £30 per annum by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.'(Lewis)   Consecrated 1835. Tentative attribution to JH by Rowan, on basis of stylistic similarities to Favour Royal.
Refs: S. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), I, 609; J.B. Leslie, Clogher Clergy and Parishes  (1929), 196;  Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 292;  illus. in Clergy of Clogher  (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2006), 52.

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, BALLYNAGALL, CHURCH (CI, PORTNASHANGAN PARISH)
Date: ?
Nature: 'built under the inspection of Mr Hargrave...chiefly founded or at least embellished through the liberality of James Gibbons, Esq.'
Refs:

Building: CO. WATERFORD, CAPPOQUIN, HOUSE (ROCKVILLE?)
Date: ?
Nature: Mansion, for Captain Healy.
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23.

Building: CO. LONGFORD, DOORY HALL (TASHINNY)
Date: ?
Nature: New 2-storey, 5-bay house with Doric porch. For Mrs Frances Jessop. (In ruins.)
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 106

Building: CO. TYRONE, BALLYGAWLEY PARK
Date: ?
Nature: Greek Revival remodelling (or new house?), for Sir Hugh Stewart, 2nd Bt., who succeeded to property in 1825 and married in 1826. House therefore dates between 1826 and Hargrave's death in 1833.  (Burned, 1921.)
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 120

Building: CO. MEATH, CLIFTON LODGE (ATHBOY)
Date: ?
Nature: Designs for same for Earl of Darnley (probably Edward, Viscount Clifton, who married in 1825 and succeeded his father as 5th Earl of Darnley in 1831).
Refs: APSD, H, 23

Building: CO. LONGFORD, FARRAGH
Date: ?
Nature: New house, for Willoughby Bond. (Demolished.)
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 124 (illus.)

Building: CO. CORK, FOTA HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: Castellated tower at NW end of island & entrance gateway
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, SUNDAYS WELL, HOUSE (CLIFTON?)
Date: ?
Nature: New house, for Major Travers
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23

Building: CO. CORK, GLANWORTH, BRIDGE
Date: ?
Nature: New bridge.
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, PRISON
Date: ?
Nature: -
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 1.

Building: CO. CORK, GLANMIRE, SWIVEL BRIDGE
Date: ?
Nature: Designs for bridge across Glanmire Channel
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings &c of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 18

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, WESTERN ROAD, COUNTY GAOL
Date: ?
Nature: Proposed House of Correction.
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 19

Building: CO. OFFALY, DAINGEAN, GAOL
Date: ?
Nature: Improvements
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 22

Building: CO. KILDARE, NAAS, MAIN STREET NORTH, CHURCH OF ST DAVID (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: Designs for tower (unexecuted)
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 45

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, BALLYNAGALL
Date: ?
Nature: Stables.
Refs: APSD 14 (1864), H, 23; designs for stables in catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CITY MARSHALSEA
Date: ?
Nature: -
Refs: Catalogue of auction of architectural drawings of John Hargrave, 1 Dec 1836, Lot 23

Building: CO. MEATH, NAVAN, COUNTY INFIRMARY
Date: ?
Nature: JH paid £10.10s.10d for plans of fever wards, &c. for county infirmary.
Refs: Co. Meath Grand Jury Presentments (infomplete ref. from B of I files)