Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Henry Powell, who was born in England in 1835, was a nephew of the Birmingham ecclesiastical decorator John Hardman, the younger, and a brother-in-law of EDWARD WELBY PUGIN' EDWARD WELBY PUGIN' s sister Anne, who was married to John Hardman Powell.  Henry Powell and his brother Edward  (1833-1876) became associates of THOMAS EARLEY  THOMAS EARLEY who opened a Dublin branch of John Hardman & Co. in Grafton Street in 1853.(1) From 1864 onwards the firm continued business independently as EARLEY & EARLEY & amp; POWELLS POWELLS . Henry Powell died on 17 November 1882 at the age of forty-seven.(2) He was married to Ellen McCormack and was the father of HENRY EDWARD POWELL  HENRY EDWARD POWELL and CHARLES B. POWELL.  CHARLES B. POWELL.

Address: Home: 25 Elm Grove, Ranelagh, at time of death.(3)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is taken from notes supplied by Nicola Gordon-Bowe, 22 Nov 1995, based on information from Michael Earley, consultant plastic surgeon at the Mater Hospital, Dublin, and from the Hardman and Powell family tree in the possession of Mrs S. Houle (2009). 

(1) A letter signed 'Earley and Powell' which was published in the Freeman's Journal on 22 Apr 1878 states that 'Mr. Powell (an Englisman by birth, and whose family has always been Catholic) has been a resident in this city for more than fourteen years, having in 1864 commenced stained glass works here in conjunction with Mr. Earley'.
(2)   Glasnevin Cemetery records.
(3) See note 1, above. A Mrs Powell is listed at this address in Thom's Directory for 1883.