Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)

Name: SHANAHAN, MICHAEL [1]
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1775-1778
Nature: Supervision of and/or design for construction of spire. Tenders invited Jun 1775 for 'bulding an octagon hewn stone spire of 22 feet, 6 inches diameter at the base and 85 feet high…and to be ornamented on the side'. (Became unstable and had to be rebuilt)
Refs: Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 13-15 Jun 1775; G. Vaughan Sampson, Statistical Survey of the County of Londonderry (1802), 283; P. Rankin, Irish Building Ventures of the Earl Bishop of Derry (UAHS, 1972), 9-10;

Name: MCBLAIN, JAMES
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1778a
Nature: Work on spire, for Frederick Hervey, Bishop of Derry became unstable and had to be rebuilt)
Refs: Letter from Michael Shanahan to Lord Bristol, 22 Jul 1778, in PRONI, D2798/2/8 (see PRONI e-catalogue);  T.G.F. Paterson, 'The Edifying Bishop', BIGS 9 (Jul-Dec 1966), 70(illus.); P. Rankin, Irish Building Ventures of the Earl Bishop of Derry (UAHS, 1972), 10

Name: MURRAY, MARK [1]*
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1803-1805;1825
Nature: Rebuilding of steeple, 1803-1805; thorough repair of building, 1825
Refs: APSD, M, 146

Name: BOWDEN, JOHN [2]
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1822
Nature: Spire possibly by JB.
Refs: Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 377

Name: HENRY, DAVID
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1825a
Nature: Works at same. (ie ?removal of South Porch)
Refs: NA/SPO CSORP 1825/12,887 (application by DH to succeed Johnston as architect to Board of Works) (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44);  engraving by T.Badge inscr. 'Elevation of the East Front of the Cathedral Church of Derry from Designs for the restoration of that Edifice, by Henry, Mullins & MacMahon, Dublin 1822' (see https://twitter.com/thederrywalls/status/707848936460066816 )

Name: BEHNES, WILLIAM *#
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1834
Nature: Monument to Bishop Knox, with figures of Faith and Charity; 'erected from a subscription of both clergy and laity amounting to £500'.
Refs: Homan Potterton, Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880 (UAHS, 1975), 37; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 382

Name: KIRK, JOSEPH ROBINSON *
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1853p
Nature: Memorial to Richard Ponsonby, Bishop of Derry (d. 1853)
Refs: H. Potterton, Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880 (UAHS, 1975), 55

Name: KIRK, JOSEPH ROBINSON *
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1854p
Nature: Memorial to Dr Francis Rogan (d. 1854).
Refs: H. Potterton, Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880 (UAHS, 1975), 55

Name: HARDY, ALEXANDER
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1859-1862
Nature: Extensive adds & alts. Work supervised after Joseph Welland's death by Welland & Gillespie. Builder: James Henry. AH involved in survey work.
Refs: Drawings, some signed by Welland & Gillespie, Oct 1861, others unsigned and undated, and some sketches by A. Hardy, in RCB Library, portfolio 10; DB 1, 1 Aug 1859, 104; 4, 15 Apr,15 May 1862, 89,123; Simon Walker, Historic Ulster Churches (Institute of Irish Studies, 2000), 22

Name: WELLAND, JOSEPH
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1859-1862
Nature: Extensive adds & alts. General rearrangement of interior, comprising removal of present gallery and pewing  and their replacement with 2 small ewestern galleries and new pews;  also erection of suitable stalls.   Work supervised after JW's death by Welland & Gillespie. Church reopened 1 May 1862. Builder: James Henry.
Refs: Drawings, some signed by Welland & Gillespie, Oct 1861, others unsigned and undated, and some sketches by A. Hardy, in RCB Library, portfolio 10; DB 1, 1 Aug 1859, 104; 4, 15 Apr,1,15 May 1862, 89,112,123; Irish Ecclesiastical Gasette 2, no. 29 (15 Nov 1861), 231;  Simon Walker, Historic Ulster Churches (Institute of Irish Studies, 2000), 22

Name: WELLAND & GILLESPIE
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1859-1862
Nature: Extensive adds & alts. Work supervised after Joseph Welland's death by Welland & Gillespie. Cathedral re-opened 1 May 1862. Builder: James Henry.
Refs: Drawings, some signed by Welland & Gillespie, Oct 1861, others unsigned and undated, and some sketches by A. Hardy, in RCB Library, portfolio 10; DB 1, 1 Aug 1859, 104; 4, 15 Apr,1,15 May 1862, 89,112,124; Simon Walker, Historic Ulster Churches (Institute of Irish Studies, 2000), 22

Name: FARRELL & SONS *
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1861p
Nature: Monument to John McNeil Boyd (d. 1861) by Thomas Farrell.
Refs: Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 381-2

Name: FERGUSON, JOHN GUY
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1885-87
Nature: Restoration and enlargement comprising addition of chancel with aisles and of bishop's room and porch on S, remodelling of gallery, removal of stucco groining in nave and aisles and restoration of old open-timber roof. Reopened 18 Feb 1887. Contr: McClelland.
Refs: Prospectus, dated 5 Nov 1884, with engraved view, outlining plans for proposed enlargement and alts. in RCB Library, portfolio 10; IB 27, 15 Sep,15 Oct 1885, 262,285; 29, 1 Mar 1887, 65; 31, 1 Jan 1889, 4; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 378,379

Name: EMERY, HENRY *
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1887;1909-10
Nature: Reredos, executed by A.P. Sharp to designs by T. Drew with carving by H. Emery.
Refs: IB 29, 1 Mar 1887, 65; 31, 1 Jan 1889, 4,5(illus.)

Name: SHARP, ALFRED PETER *
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1887;1909-10
Nature: Reredos, executed by A.P. Sharp to designs by T. Drew with carving by H. Emery; pulpit also executed by APS to Drew's design, 1887.
Refs: IB 29, 1 Mar 1887, 65; 31, 1 Jan 1889, 4,5(illus.)

Name: DREW, THOMAS (SIR)
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1887;1909-10
Nature: Reredos, executed by A.P. Sharp with carving by H. Emery, & pulpit, 1887, also executed by A.P. Sharp; chapter house & choir vestry, 1909-10, benefaction of Mrs Corscaden.
Refs: Drawings by Drew in cathedral archives; IB 29, 1 Mar 1887, 65; 31, 1 Jan 1889, 4,5(illus.); 51, 1 May 1909, 257,277; W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan, J.J. Tracey, Historic Buildings…in and near the City of Derry (UAHS, 1970), 18 ;Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 378,380; J. Williams, A Companion Guide to Architecture in Ireland 1837-1921 (1994), 280

Name: DEANE, THOMAS NEWENHAM (SIR)
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1910a
Nature: Chapter house dedicated 25 Nov 1910. Plans by TND, carried out by Batchelor & Hicks. Builder: Laverty, Belfast.
Refs: IB 52, 10 Dec 1910, 755

Name: BATCHELOR & HICKS
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1910ca
Nature: Plans for chapter house prepared by T.Drew and carried out by B & H
Refs: IB 52, 10 Dec 1910, 755

Name: BUCHANAN, ROBERT ECCLES
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1911
Nature: Extensive repairs; consulting architects Batchelor & Hicks
Refs: IB 53, 19 Aug 1911, 562; W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan, J.J. Tracey, Historic Buildings…in and near the City of Derry (UAHS, 1970), 10

Name: STEWART, ABRAHAM MCCAUSLAND
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1914
Nature: Cathedral spire to be made safe.
Refs: IB 56, 18 Jul 1914, 455

Name: BUCHANAN & REID
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1924
Nature: Restoration
Refs: IB 66, 19 Apr 1924, 353

Name: BLACKING, WILLIAM HENRY RANDOLL #
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1935
Nature: Proposed new gates (i.e. Tercentenary Gates? See J.B. Leslie, Derry Clegy and Parishes (1937), 295-7)
Refs: Plan and elevation of proposed gates, s. & d. 9 Jan 1935, in Victoria & Albert Museum, RIBA Drawings Collection, PB358/18, see Margaret Richardson , ed., Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects B (RIBA, 1972), 83, and British Architectural Library Catalogue, http://riba.sirsidynix.net.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/fVeaRHxYCY/MAIN_CAT/14620059/9 (last visited Apr 2009).

Name: SMITH, FREDERICK H.
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: 1969
Nature: Sarcophagus monument to Bishop Higgin. Aberdeen granite worked and polished by Mssrs. Mossman, Glasgow. Sculpted croziers & mitres by Kirk, Dublin. Contractor: Matthew McClelland, Derry.
Refs: B 27, 17 Feb 1869, 171

Name: KIRK, JOSEPH ROBINSON *
Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLUMB (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: Memorial to Thomas Gough.
Refs: H. Potterton, Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880 (UAHS, 1975), 55