BRIDGFORD, JAMES HARGRAVE
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Architect, of Dublin. James Hargrave Bridgford, one of the five sons of the painter Thomas Bridgford, RHA,(1) was, if the information in the English census of 1901 is correct, born in Ireland circa 1844. He may have trained as an architect in the office of WILLIAM GEORGE MURRAY at 68 Lower Gardiner Street, as this was the address given when he was elected a student of the RIAI on 25 January 1865.(2) From 1874 or earlier until 1880 he practised from his father's house, 66 Lower Mount Street; he then moved his office to 3 Merrion Street Lower.(3) He was apparently in partnership for a brief period with ROBERT JOHN STIRLING ; BRIDGFORD & amp; STIRLING , land surveyors and valuers, are listed at 66 Lower Mount Street in the Post Office Dublin Directory for 1874. He exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1878 until 1882 and was placed fourth in the Dublin South City Markets competition of 1878.(4) He was architect and engineer to the Bray Pavilion Company wich was formed in the same year.(5)
Bridgford's pupils and assistants included THOMAS EDWARD HUDMAN and GEORGE PATRICK SHERIDAN. (6) He disappears from the Dublin directories after 1883 but was still living in 1901, when he is recorded at Southampton in the English census.
RIAI: proposed as member 13 November 1878 by GEORGE CARLISLE HENDERSON , seconded by JAMES HIGGINS OWEN and WILLIAM STIRLING. (7)
Addresses: 68 Lower Gardiner Street, 1865; 66 Lower Mount Street, <=1874-1880; 3 Merrion Street Lower, 1881-1883.
Home: 1 Florence Terrace, Bray, 1883.(8)
Information about the Bridgford family was kindly supplied by Mrs David Young (née Gillian Bridgford), Cheshire.
(1) W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 86; he is described as 'the son of the well-known artist' in IB 65, 13 Jan 1923, 13.
(2) RIAI council minutes, 31 Dec 1864, and general meeting minutes, 25 Jan and 16 Feb 1865.
(3) Post Office Dublin Directory (1874) and Ann M. Stewart, The Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts: index of exhibitors and their works 1826-1979 (1985), I, 81.
(4) B 36, 8 Jun 1878, 605.
(5) Irish Times, 6 Jun 1878.
(6) JRIAI (1924), 3.
(7) RIAI Council meeting minutes, 13 Nov 1878.
(8) Thom's Directory (1883), 1519.
15 work entries listed in chronological order for BRIDGFORD, JAMES HARGRAVE
|Building:||CO. KILKENNY, CALLAN, CHAPEL & HOUSE|
|Refs:||7 plans in NLI, AD 2465-2471.|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MERCER STREET, MERCER'S HOSPITAL|
|Nature:||New buildings. Contractor: Robinson. Cost: £68,000.|
|Refs:||IAA, PKS, B06a/18, B07/08 and A 06 (Jul 1875)|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PETER STREET, ADELAIDE HOSPITAL|
|Nature:||JHB appointed architect to hospital, Jul 1876. Extensive adds, Madeline wing theatre, fever hospital. Tenders for erecting Madeline Wing invited, Mar 1877 Madeline Wing opened Oct 1879.
IAA, PKS B06a/40, A06 (Mar 1877); IB 18, 1 Aug,1 Dec 1876, 229,353; 19, 15 Oct 1877, 310; Irish Times, 24 Nov 1876, 1,2,14,15 Mar,16 1877; Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 21, no. 248, 1 Nov 1879, 714.
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BLOOMFIELD AVENUE (DONNYBROOK), ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR INCURABLES|
|Nature:||JHB described as 'architect to the new buildings' in report of monthly meeting of governors, 20 Feb 1877.
Irish Times, 22 Feb 1877.
|Building:||CO. LAOIS, BEAUREIGH, CONCRETE HOUSE|
|Nature:||For Henry Pattison|
|Refs:||RHA 1878, no. 594|
|Building:||CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, PAVILION AND MUSICAL PROMENADE (PROPOSED)|
|Nature:||Proposed pavilion, ornamental pleasure grounds and bathing place for ladies. For Bray Pavilion Co., Estimated cost about £8500. construction under superivision of JHB and James Price.
|Refs:||Irish Times, 6 Jun 1878; RHA 1879, no. 369.|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GEORGE'S STREET SOUTH GREAT, SOUTH CITY MARKETS|
|Nature:||Placed fourth in competition.|
|Refs:||B 36, 8 Jun 1878, 605|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GREAT WESTERN SQUARE (PHIBSBOROUGH)|
|Nature:||Competition entry, with G.P. Beater|
|Refs:||RHA 1878, no. 573; repr. IB 20, Feb 1878, 39 (illus.)|
|Building:||CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, ESPLANADE, BATHS|
|Nature:||New concrete sea baths for ladies, for Bray Pavilion Company. Works commenced by Jun 1878 and 'will be completed by about the month of August'. 'The baths...will form a very pretty building...they will cover a space of one hundred and sixty-five feet in length and will cost £1,630.' to be constructwed under superintendence of James Price, CE, and JHB, architect to the Bray Pavilion company.
|Refs:||RHA 1880, no. 490; Irish Times, 6 Jun 1878; IB 22, 15 Mar 1880, 83|
|Building:||CO. WICKLOW, GREYSTONES, ROSSLEIGH|
|Nature:||New house, 'nearly completed', for William Pidgeon,, Esq., of Athlone. Contractor: G.F. Tyrrell.|
|Refs:||IB 21, 15 Oct 1879, 323; B 37, 25 Oct 1879, 1182.|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, BLACKROCK, CARYSFORT AVENUE, ALL SAINTS SCHOOLS (CI)|
|Refs:||RHA 1879, no. 308|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HARCOURT TERRACE, NO. 022 (ASYLUM FOR AGED GOVERNESSES & UNMARRIED LADIES)|
|Nature:||Design exh. RHA. Casey suggests that both the Asylum and the adjoining St Matthias's Widows' Almshouse were designed by JHB.
RHA 1879, no. 372; Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 527.
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARLIAMENT STREET, NO. 002-3|
|Nature:||Rebuilding. Tenders invited, Jan 1879.
Irish Times, 2 Jan 1879.
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CONYNGHAM ROAD, SOLDIERS' INSTITUTE|
|Nature:||Design exh. RHA, 1880.|
|Refs:||RHA 1880, no. 496; IB 22, 15 Mar 1880, 83|
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ST KEVIN'S PARK (RATHMINES), MINORE|
|Nature:||For J.E. Brunker. Builder: J. Jackson.|
|Refs:||IAA, PKS B11/16, A07(Jul 1882)|