Architect, of Dublin. Frederick Batchelor, who was English by birth, can probably be identified as the Frederick Batchelor who appears in the English census of 1881 as the eldest child of Thomas Batchelor, bookseller and stationer of Portsmouth, Hampshire, born in Portsmouth in about 1866 and working in his father's shop at the time the census was taken. This identification is inferred from the fact that he served his architectural apprenticeship with Arthur Hudson, an architect in Southsea, and Joseph Henry Ball, ARIBA, who also practised in Southsea before moving to London. Batchelor came to Ireland in about 1888 and joined the architectural practice of JAMES RAWSON CARROLL , in which he became chief assistant and eventually partner. When Carroll retired in 1905, Batchelor formed a partnership with FREDERICK GEORGE HICKS , another Englishman practising in Dublin, who had previously worked in Carroll's office. In 1913 he was appointed architect for the Church of Ireland diocese of Meath. The partnership of Batchelor & Hicks was dissolved on 11 May 1922 on Batchelor's retirement.
Batchelor played an active part in the RIAI, of which he was president for three years from December 1907 until December 1910, being the first Englishman to hold the office. During the period of his presidency the Institute was incorporated and premises were purchased at 31 South Frederick Street, for which the firm of Batchelor & Hicks acted as honorary architects. In the same period the Council of the Institute actively promoted the establishment of a school of architecture at the National University. According to Hicks Batchelor was chiefly responsible for drafting the Conditions of Contract which were agreed between the Institute and the Master Builders Association.
After he had retired from practice, Batchelor lived mainly on the Continent. He returned to England to get medical advice on a heart condition in October 1931 and died two months later on 16 December 1931. He is described by Hicks as a vigorous man of immense energy who worked hard and also interested himself in philanthropic concerns. His chief recreations were swimming and bicycling; later he became an enthusiastic motorist, driving a car known as the 'Yellow Peril'. He had married, in 1893, the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Onion, of Lancaster.
Batchelor's pupils and assitants included ROBERT DONNELLY.
RIAI: proposed for membership by J.Rawson Carroll, 16 November 1892, seconded by THOMAS DREW and WILLIAM MANSFIELD MITCHELL ; elected member, 17 December 1892; hon. auditor, 1895-1897; member of council, 1898-1900 and 1903-1907; elected fellow, 29 May 1906; president, December 1907-December 1910; resigned 1922.
AAI: founder member and committee member of revived association, 1896; president 1900-1901.
RIBA: elected fellow 15 May 1899, on recommendation of RIAI under Bylaw 9; fellowship lapsed 1929.
RHA: associate, 1 Nov 1901.
Addresses: Work: 183 Great Brunswick Street, 1899; 86 Merrion Square, 1900 until 1922.
Home: 3 Churchill Villas, Sandymount, 1896; The Gables, Whitshed Rd, Burnaby Estate, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, <=1915 -1922; Hollands, Langhurst Hill, Petworth, Sussex, 1926.
See WORKS and BIBLIOGRAPHY . See also CARROLL & amp; BATCHELOR , and BATCHELOR & amp; HICKS.
There are photographs of Batchelor in E. Macdowel Cosgrave, ed., Dublin and County Dublin in the Twentieth Century (1908), 264, IB Jubilee Number (1909), 26, and JRIAI (1909), 4. Batchelor appears in a group photograph of members of the AAI circa 1900 reproduced in IB 69, 15 Oct 1927, 759.
IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile).
IB 49, 16 Nov 1907, 777.
Irish Times, 10 Apr 1913; IB 55, 26 Apr 1913, 284.
IB 64, 17 Jun 1922, 410.
IB 49, 16 Nov 1907, 777.
Jones, citing ?IB 52, 26 Nov 1910, 716.
see note 4 above.
Memoir by Hicks in JRIAI (1932), 33-34.
See note 4 above.
E. Macdowel Cosgrave, ed., Dublin and County Dublin in the Twentieth Century (1908), 264.
RIAI minutes, 16 Nov,17 Dec 1892 300,307.
Jones, transcripts of lists of RIAI officers.
RIAI minutes, 29 May 1906, 414.
IB 49, 16 Nov 1907, 777; IB 52, 26 Nov 1910, 716.
See note 4 above.
AAI Green Book (1918), 18.
IB 43, 6 Jun 1901, 756-7.
Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 131.
Strickland II, 622.
See note 17, above.
Post Office Dublin Directory (1896).
Thom's Official Directory (1915).