Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stucco plasterer, painter and builder, of Dublin. Charles Thorp [2], referred to until 1817 as 'Charles Thorp, junior',  was a nephew of CHARLES THORP [1] CHARLES THORP [1] , and succeeded to his business.(1)  He was admitted a freeman of the City of Dublin as a member of the Guild of Plasterers by virtue of service at Michaelmas 1800(2) and represented the Bricklayers' Guild on the Common Council of Dublin from 1808 until 1817.(3) He was a Sheriff of the city for 1822-1823(4) and subsequently a Sheriff's Peer. He was also master of the Bricklayers' Guild in the early 1820s. In 1820, according to Thomas Kelly, he stopped Catholics from becoming members of the Guild 'and received a congratulatory address for having preserved the Guild from Popery'.(5)

Thorp was described by his fellow-tradesmen in March 1834 as living off some property he held but still carrying on business 'rather in a confined way'.(6)  He was still alive in 1839 but may have died in that year(7) although he is listed in Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac for 1841. His son, also named Charles Thorp, was admitted to Trinity College, Dublin, on 7 July 1828, at the age of sixteen.(8)    Charles Thorp [2] would appear to have had some connection with the Druitt family (see JOSEPH DRUITT JOSEPH DRUITT ): according to the Post Office Dublin Directory a George Druitt Thorp was living with him at Phibsborough Lodge in 1839, and an Edward Druitt Thorp and Joseph Druitt Thorp are also listed at this address in 1844.

Charles Thorp [2] was a subscriber to William Stitt's Practical Architect's Ready Assistant; or Builder's Complete Companion (1819).

Addresses:(9) 15 Blessington Street, 1815-1828; Linen Hall, 1829-1835; Phibsborough Lodge, 1829-1841.



(1) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31;  this manuscript is a copy of a report presented to Daniel O'Connell in 1834 to support the argument for repealing the Act of Union by describing the catastrophic impact the Act had had on the tradesmen of Dublin.
(2) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 121.
(3) Information from lists of members of Common Council in Wilson's Dublin Directory.
(4) CARD XVII, 441.
(5) Thomas Kelly, 'Papers of Bryan Bolger, 1792-1834', Dublin Historical Record 3, 11; Kelly states wrongly that it was Charles Thorp[1] who took this action, and, probably wrongly, that it was Joseph Pemberton, rather than Benjamin Pemberton, who insisted on the right of Catholics to be members.
(6) See note 1, above.
(7) See Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 (Eneclann CD-ROM), entries for Charles Thorp.
(8) Alumni Dublinenses, 811.
(9) From Wilson's and Post Office directories.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for THORP, CHARLES [2]*

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Date: 1810;1830
Nature: CT, jr, submits bill of of £138.7s.5d for painting &c. at Mansion House, Sep 1810. Papering and painting, 1830
Refs: CARD XV, 279; XVIII,460

Date: 1812;1822
Nature: CT, jr, submits bill for £10.7s.2½d for work done at City Marshalsea 'under the direction of the inspector Mr Jones in October 1812'; submits bill for £67.11s.10d. for repairs, 1822
Refs: CARD XVI, 411; XVIII, 150