Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and civil engineer of Derry City. Joseph Lucas Godwin was born in Bristol on 29 March 1823, the eldest son of William Godwin of Bristol by his wife Ann Jones Davies. He married Elizabeth Sarah Grater Adams, daughter of a Bristol corn factor, at Clifton church, Bristol, on 26 September 1849 but had moved to Ireland by July 1850, when his eldest son, William Arthur Godwin, was baptized at Muff, Co. Donegal. In 1856 his brother EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN  EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN came over from England to assist him with his competition designs for a bridge over the River Foyle at Derry.(1)    Edward William Godwin returned to Bristol in 1859 or 1860, but Joseph Lucas stayed on, and is described as livng 'about eight miles' from Derry in 1865.(2) He was an assistant county surveyor for Co. Derry in the 1870s. He is listed as an architect in the Derry Almanac for the years 1871-1880 with the address 'County Surveyor's Office' and for the years 1881-1882 with the address 'Waterside'. He died in Derry on 10 January 1882 and was buried in Glendermott churchyard, Co. Derry. His wife, who survived him until 1906 or 1907, was buried at Dundonald cemetery, Belfast. FREDERICK HENRY GODWIN  FREDERICK HENRY GODWIN was their second son. See also GODWIN BROS. GODWIN BROS.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from photocopies from the Godwin family bible, kindly supplied by Catherine Arbuthnott, 43 Dongola Road, London N17 6EB. The original bible, which formerly belonged to Edward Anthony Craig, is now missing but may have been sold as part of a Gordon Craig archive to a women's college in Osaka, Japan.

(1) Susan Weber Soros, ed., E.W. Godwin, Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer (Yale University Press, 1999), 21,362.
(2) Evidence of James Hayden, solicitor, in case of Rankin v. Cowan,  court of Probate, Dublin, 27 Jan 1865 (Irish Times, 28 Jan 1865).