George Frederick Bodley

George Frederick Bodley

Infobox Architect

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name =George Frederick Bodley
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birth_date =1827
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death_date =21 October 1907
death_place =Water Eaton, Oxfordshire
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awards = Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1899)|

George Frederick Bodley (1827 – 21 October 1907) was an English architect working in the Gothic revival style.

Personal life

He was the youngest son of a physician in Brighton, Sussex, England. His elder brother, the Rev. W. H. Bodley, became a well-known Roman Catholic preacher and a professor at St Mary’s College, New Oscott, Birmingham.

He married Minna F. H. Reavely in 1872. She was the daughter of Thomas George Wood Reavely Esq.

Reverend Fenwick Reavely (uncle of the bride) officiated. Marriage took place at Kinnersley Castle. One son, George H. Bodley born 1874.


George Bodley was articled to the famous architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, under whose influence he became imbued with the spirit of the Gothic revival, and he gradually became known as the chief exponent of , and the leading ecclesiastical architect in England. He is regarded as the leader of the resurgence of interest in English and northern European late-medieval design. He is also noted for his pioneering design work in the Queen Anne revival. cite web
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His secular work included the London School Board offices, and in collaboration with Thomas Garner, the new buildings at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Hewell Grange, Worcestershire (for Viscount Windsor).

From 1872, he worked in a twenty-eight year partnership with Thomas Garner, designing collegiate buildings in Oxford and Cambridge, country houses and churches throughout the British Isles. He also designed (with his pupil Henry Vaughan) the cathedral at Washington, D.C., and cathedrals at San Francisco and in Hobart. Bodley also worked with his lifelong friend, the stained glass designer C E Kempe, also from Brighton. They collaborated on a number of projects including: St John the Baptist, Tuebrook in Liverpool; Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge; All Saints, Danehill, East Sussex and Clumber Park Chapel in Nottinghamshire.

In 1874 Bodley founded the firm of Watts and Co. together with his partners Thomas Garner and George Gilbert Scott, Jr..

In 1902, Bodley was one of the assessors for the competition to design the new Anglican cathedral in Liverpool, selecting the design by the young Giles Gilbert Scott. When construction of the cathedral began in 1904, Bodley was appointed to oversee Gilbert Scott's work and made several changes to the interior design of the Lady Chapel.

Bodley’s final architectural accomplishment was the design of the chapel at Bedford School, England, the foundation stone of which was laid on 18 May 1907 by Lord St John of Bletso. Building work took only a year, the consecration of the chapel taking place in July 1908, by which time the architect had died.

Bodley began contributing to the Royal Academy in 1854, and in 1881 was elected A.R.A., becoming RA in 1902. In addition to being a most learned master of architecture, he was a beautiful draughtsman, and a connoisseur in art; he published a volume of poems in 1899; and he was a designer of wallpaper and chintzes for Watts & Co., of Baker Street, London. He served as prime warden of the Fishmongers' Company in 1901–2. In early life he had been in close alliance with the Pre-Raphaelites, and he did a great deal, like William Morris, to improve public taste in domestic decoration and furniture. Bodley was a significantearly patron of William Morris.

He died on 21 October 1907 at Water Eaton near Oxford.



New Churches

* 1854 - 56 Christ Church, Long Grove, Herefordshire
* 1854 - 58 St. John the Baptist Church, Dimmelsdale, France Lynch, Gloucestershire
* 1855 Church of St Michael and All Angels, Brighton, Sussex
* 1857 - 74 St Salvador's church, Dundee
* 1860 - 68 All Saints' Church, Selsley, Gloucestershire
* 1861 - 62 St. Martin on the Hill, Scarborough
* 1861 - 65 St. Wilfrid's church, Hayward's Heath, Sussex
* 1861 - 66 St. Stephen's church, St. Peter Port, Guernsey with Benjamin Ferrey
* 1863 - 70 All Saints' church, Cambridge
* 1865 - 71 St. Simon's church, St. Helier, Jersey
* 1867 - 74 All Saints' church, Falsgrave, Scarborough, Yorkshire
* 1868 - 70 The Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist, Liverpool
* "1871 St Michael's church, Folkestone, Kent with Thomas Garner (now demolished)"
* 1871 St. Augustine's church, Pendlebury near Manchester, Lancashire with Thomas Garner
* 1872 The Church of the Holy Angels, Hoar Cross, Staffordshire with Thomas Garner
* 1874 St John the Divine, Kennington, London (interior)
* 1879 - 85 St Michael's church, Camden Town, London with Thomas Garner
* 1880 - 86 St German's church, Roath, Cardiff with Thomas Garner
* 1885 - 86 St Alban's Church, Sneinton, Nottinghamshire with Thomas Garner
* 1886 Marlborough College chapel with Thomas Garner
* 1886 - 89 The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
* 1887 - 95 St Saviour's Church, Roath, Cardiff with Thomas Garner
* 1889 - 92 Ascension church, Woodlands, Dorset with Thomas Garner
* 1889 - 92 St. Mary of Eton church, Hackney Wick, London with Thomas Garner
* 1891 Queens' College chapel, Cambridge
* 1892 - 93 St. Mary's Church, Horbury, Yorkshire with Thomas Garner
* 1892 - 94 St. Luke's church, Warrington, Lancashire with Thomas Garner
* 1892 - 95 St. Aidan's church, Skelmanthorpe, Yorkshire with Thomas Garner
* 1894 - 1902 St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road, Oxford
* 1897 St. Matthew's church Chapel Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire
* 1898 - 1902 All Saints' church, Weston-super-mare, Somerset
* 1899 St Mary's Church, Eccleston, Cheshire
* 1901 Holy Trinity church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London with Cecil Greenwood Hare
* 1901 - 10 St. Boniface's Church, Chandler's Ford, Hampshire
* 1903 - 04 St. Aidan's Church, Bristol, Gloucestershire
* "1903 - 04 St. Edward's Church, Holbeck, Leeds demolished 1984"
* 1903 - 10 St. Chad's Church, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
* 1905 St Faith's church, Brentford, London with Cecil Greenwood Hare
* 1905 - 06 The Paraclete Church, Hom Green, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
* 1906 - 07 Bedford School chapel
* 1907 Washington National Cathedral with Henry Vaughan

Church repairs and alterations

* 1859 - 63 St. James' Church, Bicknor, Kent, new vestry, porch and roof, reseating and repairs to walls
* 1863 - 65 All Saints' church, Coddington, Nottinghamshire, rebuild
* 1864 - 65 St. James' church, Wigmore, Herefordshire, repairs
* 1866 - 69 St. Michael & All Angels church, Kingsland, Herefordshire, repairs
* 1868 - 70 St. Mary's Church, Almeley, Herefordshire with Thomas Garner, repairs
* 1868 - 70 St. Nicholas's church, South Kilworth, Leicestershire, repairs
* 1870 - 71 St. Mary the Virgin, Barnsley, Yorkshire, repairs
* 1870 - 73 St. Michael's church, Lyonshall, Herefordshire, repairs
* 1871 - 72 St. Mark's Church, Bilton, Warwickshire with Thomas Garner, new north aisle, transept and organ chamber, with reseating, reflooring and general repairs to roofs and walls
* 1871 - 72 St. Mary Magdalene church, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, repairs
* 1871 - 72 St. Laurence's church, Rowington, Warwickshire, with Thomas Garner repairs
* 1873 - 75 Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Plumtree, Nottinghamshire with Thomas Garner, decoration and new organ case
* 1873 - 79 St. Michael's church, Shalbourne, Berkshire with Thomas Garner, new south aisle, reseating and general restoration
* 1874 St. Helen's Church, Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire new chancel and repairs
* 1874 - 78 St. Peter & St. Paul's church, Langham, Rutland with Thomas Garner, repairs to roof, walls, tower and belfry
* 1876 - 79 St. Laurence's church, Oxhill, Warwickshire, with Thomas Garner, repairs
* 1880 St. Swithen's Church, Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire
* 1880 - 83 St Laurence's Church, Frodsham with Thomas Garner restoration
* 1881 - 84 All Saints church, Nettleham, Lincolnshire with Thomas Garner, new vestry and organ chamber, rebuilding and enlargement of chancel, rebuilding of porch and general repairs
* 1882 - 90 All Saints' Church, Bedworth, Warwickshire with Thomas Garner rebuild
* 1884 St. Mary's Church, Clifton, Nottinghamshire
* 1886 - 88 St. Manakneu's church, Lanreath, Cornwall with Thomas Garner repairs
* 1889 - 91 St. Giles' church, Mountnessing, Essex with Thomas Garner, new vestry/organ chamber, four new nave windows, reseating and general repairs to roof and walls
* 1889 - 92 St. John the Baptist Church, Epping, Essex with Thomas Garner, rebuild
* 1890 St John the Divine, Kennington, London (interior)
* 1890 St. Mary's Church, Nottingham (chapter house)
* 1890 St. Saviour's Church, Ellerby Road, Leeds addition of Pusey chapel.
* 1890 - 99 St. Andrew's Church, Chelmondiston, Suffolk with Thomas Garner, enlargement
* 1891 - 1905 All Saints' church, St Paul's Walden, Hertfordshire with Thomas Garner new vestry, new west window in south aisle, reseating and general repairs to roof and walls
* 1892 St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge new chancel, rood screen and reredos
* 1895 St. Martin's Church, Womersley, Yorkshire rood screen and loft, nave and chancel roof decoration
* 1897 St George in the Meadows, Nottingham chancel added
* 1898 St Bartholomew's Church, Wilmslow clerestory added to chancel
* 1898 - 1905 St. Bartholomew's church, Reading, Berkshire new chancel, N chapel, vestry and chapel at E end of S aisle
* 1898 - 1905 St. Paul's Church, Bedford re-order Chancel, restore choir stalls, and new rood screen
* 1899 - 1901 All Saints' church, East Horndon, Essex, repairs
* 1899 - 04 St Carantoc's Church, Crantock, Cornwall with Edmund Harold Sedding, repairs
* 1900 - 01 St. Nicholas' Church, Little Bowden, Northamptonshire, repairs
* 1901 St. Peter's Church, Hartshorne, Derbyshire, englargement
* 1901 St. Mary's Church, Whitkirk, Leeds rebuilt
* 1902 - 05 St. Mary the Virgin, Barton Mills, Suffolk, repairs
* 1903 - 04 Christ Church, Mold Green, Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, new chancel, vestry & organ chamber
* 1905 - 07 St. Nicholas' church, Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, new vestries, organ chamber and porches, several new windows, rebuilding of chancel, reseating and general repairs
* 1907 St Barnabas Church, Hove reredos

*St Paul's church, Burton upon Trent (alterations)

Secular buildings

* 1870 Queens' College Old Hall, Cambridge, decoration
* 1872-76 Offices of the London School Board with Thomas Garner demolished 1929

* Hewell Grange



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