Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MILLFIELD, ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH (CI)

Name: DREW, THOMAS (SIR)
Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MILLFIELD, ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1868-1869
Nature: New church consisting of nave, S. aisle and N transept, semi-circular chancel with vestry to N. Campanile at end of S aisle.  To accommodate 800. Cost about £3000.  FS laid 8 May 1869; cons. 28 Oct 1870. Contractor: J. & M. Lowry.  For Belfast Church Extension and Endowment Society. (Reconstruction costing £25,000 undertaken by E. Seaton, 1963 - see IB 105, 22 Jun 1963, 487.)
Refs: Signed contract drawings dated 21 Mar 1868 (contracted dated 22 Mar 1869) in RCB Library, portfolio 6 (illus. in on-line catalogue www.archdrawing.ireland.anglican.org and Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 20 (no. 84, plan repr. in unpaginated plate section); Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 11, no. 120, 20 May 1869, 108; no. 126, 20 Nov 1869, 258;  IB 10, 1 Jul 1868, 168; Brett, 48; Handbook of the United Diocese of Down & Connor & Dromore (Belfast, 1886), 77-8; Clergy of Connor (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1993),115

Name: DREW, THOMAS (SIR)
Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MILLFIELD, ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1876
Nature: Enlargement. FS laid, Jul 1876.  'The church, which up to the present has consisted of nave, north aisle, transept, with chancel and organ chamber, will... have the transept continued so as to form a south aisle.'  5 Gothic windows 'in front' of church.  New entrance porch.  Work to cost about £1000. FS laid Opening service held on 25 Nov 1876.
Refs: Building News 31, 4 Aug 1876,118 (information from Robert G. Hill, editor, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org , Dec 2019) ;   Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 18, no. 208, 23 Aug 1876, 251; no. 212, 20 Dec 1876, 392.