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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hubert James Austin
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 March 1841
Died: 22 March 1915
Bio Notes: Hubert James Austin was born on 13 March 1841 at Redmarshill, County Durham, the son of the Rev Thomas Austin whose church there had been restored by the Lancaster architect-historian Edmund Sharpe. Hubert was educated at Richmond Grammar School and articled in 1860 to his elder half-brother, Thomas (Tom) Austin of Newcastle, a pupil of Sharpe best known for his sensitive restoration of the priory church at Brinkburn. On completion of his articles Hubert joined the staff of Sir George Gilbert Scott in London where he remained until 1867 when he was taken into partnership by Edward Graham Paley, the connection being through Sharpe, with whom Paley had worked in partnership between 1845 and 1951 and whose much younger sister Frances had married Paley. Austin won the Pugin studentship in 1866, and married Sharpe's niece.

In 1871 Paley was admitted FRIBA, his proposers being Professor T Roger Smith and his partner Charles Foster Hayward of London and Thomas Worthington of Manchester. Austin did not seek membership. In 1877 Paley's eldest son Henry Anderson Paley was articled to the firm, and having spent some time in London in the office of Thomas Edward Collcutt's to obtain wider experience, he returned to the family firm in 1882 or early 1883 and was taken into partnership in 1886, the practice then adopting the style of Paley, Austin & Paley.

Edward Graham Paley died in January 1895, the practice name becoming Austin & Paley. Hubert James Austin died in 1915. His sons Geoffrey, Bernard and Henry became architects but only Geoffrey became a partner and then only briefly in 1915-16.

Throughout their partnership the elder Paley and Austin were extremely accomplished Gothic designers, markedly influenced by Scott from the time Austin joined the practice in 1867. In their later years they adopted a refined English Perpendicular akin to the work of Bodley & Garner, but in the secular work of the younger Paley the influence of Collcutt was marked from at least 1887 onwards.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Lancaster, Lancashire, EnglandBusiness   
Item 2 of 2The Knoll, Lancaster, Lancashire, ScotlandPrivate1915 *  

* 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 4(Sir) George Gilbert Scottc. 18651867Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 4Paley & Austin18671886Partner 
Item 3 of 4Paley, Austin & Paley18861895Partner 
Item 4 of 4Austin & Paley18951915Partner 

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 31875St John's Episcopal ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 31884Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, first competition  LiverpoolEnglandShortlisted competition design
Item 3 of 31901Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, second competition, second limited stage  LiverpoolEngland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder2 April 1915  Obituary
Item 2 of 3Building News28 May 1890  Austin
Item 3 of 3Building News1915  Obituary Check date


© All rights reserved. Building News 23 May 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 23 May 1890