Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect or engineer who designed the school at Geashill, Co. Offaly, for the ninth Baron Digby, in 1862(1) and who was awarded the prize in a competition held in 1868 by the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland for the best plan and specification of a labourer's cottage.(2) Digby may have employed Mallinson more widely at Geashill, where he spent £100,000 in improvements over a period of about twenty-five years.(3) In 1856, the year in which he succeeded to the property and title, he was awarded first prize at an exhibition in Paris with a design for cottages,(4) and it is possible that Mallinson's prizewinning design for a labourer's cottage may have been related to the Geashill improvements.

There were at least three architects named Mallinson who were active in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire in the 1850s and 1860s; T. Mallinson and Son of Nottingham were the winners of the competition for Melton Mowbray Town Hall in 1854.(5)


(1) Signed perspective view in possession of ?, Geashill (information from James Howley).
(2) B 27, 2 Jun 1869, 16.
(2) B 12,10 Jun 1854, 312.
(3) M. Sheehy, 'Architecture in Co. Offaly', Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society (1964-5), 19.
(4) See note 3, above.
(5) See Roger Harper, Victorian Architectural Competitions (1983), 260.

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Date: 1862
Nature: Designed by TM, for 9th Baron Digby.
Refs: Signed perspective view in possession of ?, Geashill & datestone on building (information from James Howley)