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Cuthbert Brodrick

Cuthbert Brodrick was born in Hull on 1 December 1821. He was one of ten children, the sixth son of John and Hannah Brodrick. His father was a merchant and shipowner, and the family was well-to-do and lived at 39, George Street, in the best residential area of Hull.

Brodrick attended Kingston College, and when he left school at fifteen he became an articled pupil (a student of architecture) in the offices of Henry Lockwood at 8,Dock Street. He stayed with Lockwood for 8 years, and then set off in May 1844, on the Grand Tour of Europe to continue his studies. He travelled through France and Italy, as far as Rome.

Brodrick returned to Hull in 1846, and was offered a partnership in Lockwood’s firm. He refused this, and set up in practice on his own at 1, Savile Street in Hull. In 1852 he entered the competition for the design of the Town Hall at Leeds. It is said that his mother tried to dissuade him, thinking he had no chance of success. But his design won the competition, and Brodrick moved to Leeds, to an office at 30, Park Row. The building and Brodrick became famous, and he acquired the nickname 'Town Hall, Leeds.'

Other buildings in Leeds designed by  Brodrick are:
The Corn Exchange 1860
The Mechanics Institute 1860(now the Civic Theatre)
The Oriental Baths in Cookridge Street, 1866, (demolished.)
King Street Warehouses.1862, (demolished.)
Headingley Hill Congregational church 1864.

And on a smaller scale
Moorland Terrace 1859,(demolished.).
7, Alma Road 1859.
49-51 Cookridge Street 1864.

Brodrick did not always win first prize; many of his designs submitted in architectural competitions, for example Preston Town Hall, and the Exchange in Manchester were unsuccessful.

In 1870, Brodrick went to live in France, and in 1876 bought a house at Le Vésinet, at St. Germain. He retired in 1875, and spent his time painting, exhibiting his work and gardening. In about 1898 he went to live with his niece in Jersey, where he rented a house, La Colline, at Gorey, where he designed, and planted a garden. He died there on 2 March 1905, and is buried in St. Martin's Churchyard.

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Cuthbert Brodrick
Cuthbert Brodrick
Town Hall
Town Hall
Corn Exchange
Corn Exchange
Mechanics Institute
Mechanics Institute
Oriental Baths, proposed design
Oriental Baths, proposed design




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