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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Frederick Bodley
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 March 1827
Died: 21 October 1907
Bio Notes: George Frederick Bodley was born in Brighton on 14 March 1827, the son of a doctor who practised in Hull. He was the first pupil of Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) from 1845 for five years, thereafter remaining with Scott as assistant until 1856, when he commenced independent practice. He travelled in Italy, Germany and France. Bodley went into patrnership with Thomas Garner from 1869 until 1897; the practice was continued by Cecil Greenwood Hare (1875-1932). Bodley was superintendent architect of York Minster and Peterborough and Southwark Cathedrals and he had an international practice, designing the cathedral at Hobart, Tasmania and the National Cathedral, New York with his former assistant Henry Vaughan of Boston. He was awarded the Royal Gold Medal in 1899, the same year he was elected Fellow of the RIBA on 29 May, being proposed by Council. Bodley was elected ARA in 1882 and RA in 1899. Bodley died at Water Eaton on 21 October 1907.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 449, Upper Harley Street, London W, EnglandBusiness(?)1863 *  
Item 2 of 4109, Harley Street, London W, EnglandBusiness(?)1868 *  
Item 3 of 414, South Square, Gray's Inn, London WC, EnglandBusiness(?)1883 *  
Item 4 of 47, Gray's Inn Square, London WC, EnglandBusiness(?)18861907 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2(Sir) George Gilbert Scott  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Bodley & Garner1869c. 1897(?)Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4William Bonner HopkinsAfter 1883Before 1893Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4James Thomas Irvine18971900Clerk of Works 
Item 3 of 4(Captain) George Luard Alexander19011906Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Charles Marriot Oldrid Scott19031904Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 10 Christ Church (Episcopal), churchyard, Sir James Miller Memorial CrossDuns BerwickshireScotlandBecause the date is unknown, it is unclear whether Garner was involved as well.
Item 2 of 101857St Salvadors Episcopal Church and Hall  DundeeScotlandFirst church - with lower floor containing classroom and upper floor temporary church. Now Maxwelltown Information Centre.
Item 3 of 101865St Salvadors Episcopal Church and Hall  DundeeScotlandNave
Item 4 of 101874St Salvadors Episcopal Church and Hall  DundeeScotlandChancel and lady chapel
Item 5 of 101875St Salvadors Episcopal Church and Hall  DundeeScotlandChancel screen and oak stalls (executed by joiner Kidd & Son)
Item 6 of 101880Dunfermline AbbeyDunfermline FifeScotlandEast window of s transept
Item 7 of 101882St Mary Magdalene ChurchLincoln LincolnshireEnglandRebuilding
Item 8 of 101886Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, first competition  LiverpoolEnglandShortlisted competition design
Item 9 of 101903Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, second competition, second limited stage  LiverpoolEnglandAs assessor guided and assisted Scott in carrying out his winning design
Item 10 of 101903 or 1904St Bride's Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotlandChurch begun - not completed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914  See entry for photograph and further sources
Item 2 of 3RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSSt Salvador's Episcopal Church; interior view of chancel (c.1900) p46
Item 3 of 3Verey, David George Frederick Bodley Seven Victorian architects, ed. Jane Fawcett 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder26 October 1907  p433-4, 447-8 Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal1908v15London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary


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