Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Derry City. Frederick Henry Godwin was born at Seafield, Muff, Co. Donegal, on 25 February 1855, the second son of JOSEPH LUCAS GODWIN JOSEPH LUCAS GODWIN . Together with his elder brother, William Arthur Godwin,(1) he was working in the London office of his uncle EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN  EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN in 1871 but was sent home in disgrace before he was formally indentured.(2) Some measured drawings by him of Banagher old church, Co. Derry, were published in the British Architect and Northern Engineer - a periodical to which E.W. Godwin contributed in the late 1870s and early 1880s - for 17 December 1880.(3) He appears in the Derry Almanac for 1883 as an architect practising at Castle Street, Derry. His latest known work in Ireland is the block of cottages known as 'The Twelve Apostles' at Castlerock, Co. Derry, designed for Sir William Harvey Bruce in 1884. He later lived in England; he appears in the English census of 1891, where he is described as a staff sergeant in the Royal Engineers, living as a boarder at 129 Ferndale Road, Lambeth. An F. Godwin designed additions to Westburton House, Gloucestershire, in 1887.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for was kindly supplied by Catherine Arbuthnott, 43 Dongola Road, London N17 6EB, researcher for Susan Weber Soros, ed., E.W. Godwin, Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer (Yale University Press, 1999) in a letter to A.M. Rowan of 8 February 2000 and enclosed photocopies of entries in the Godwin family bible, which formerly belonged to Edward Anthony Craig.

(1) W.A. Godwin had been a pupil of the architect Percy Waite in London before moving to his uncle's office; although he remained there until 1873, he did not make a career in architecture but was working as a bank official in Ireland by 1890.
(2) 2 letters from E.W. Godwin to J.L. Godwin, V & Archive of Art and Design, 4/22-1988, pp.50-53, 73-74.
(3) pp. 256,260.

3 work entries listed in chronological order for GODWIN, FREDERICK HENRY

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Date: 1880a
Nature: 2-storey house on banks of R. Faughan. Built by proprietor's own workmen.
Refs: IB 22, 1 Feb 1880, 40(illus.),41

Date: 1880a
Nature: 3-storey gabled house. Builder: McKane, Waterside, Derry. Cost under £300.
Refs: IB 22, 1 Feb 1880, 40(illus.),41

Date: 1882
Nature: Block of 12 basalt cottages, known as 'The Twelve Apostles', for Sir H.H. Bruce.
Refs: IB 24, 15 Feb 1882, 54(illus.); W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings in North Derry (UAHS, 1975), 52(no. 175),59(illus.); J.S. Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (1986), 397(illus.)