St Mark's Church, Bilton, near Rugby: view of the chancel (1873)
Designer: Bodley, George Frederick (1827-1907)
Copyright: Sir Charles A. Nicholson/RIBA British Architectural Library Drawings Collection (1889)
George Frederick Bodley was one of the most important architects of the Gothic Revival with his career spanning 55 years. Not only did he shape the direction of the Gothic Revival; but he also pioneered the contrasting Queen Anne revival.
Bodley learnt the architectural trade at the knee of one of the masters, being the first pupil of George Gilbert Scott. Whilst in this office, he made contact with a fellow student, Thomas Garner, with whom Bodley was to go into an architectural partnership that lasted almost 30 years. Bodley’s relationship with Scott continued beyond a working relationship, as his sister married Scott’s brother. Perhaps Bodley was not truly at ease with his master, as his early work tended to show a slight rebellion against Scott.
However, by the mid 1860s, Bodley’s work had turned to his characteristic English late-Gothic, including work at St John, Tue Brook, Liverpool (1868-70); St Mark's Church, Bilton, near Rugby; St Michael, Folkestone (1873-83); Queen’s College Chapel, Cambridge (1890).
Bodley, George Frederick (1827-1907)
Copyright: RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection (1899)
Bodley’s later works include Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road, London (1901-07); the major part of Hobart cathedral, Tasmania (1868-1936); and collaboration with Giles Gilbert Scott in the early work of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (1902-07).
'A true artist, whose designs and conceptions will receive the approval and veneration of generations to come.'
At the time of his death, Bodley was engaged in plans for a cathedral in San Francisco and the enlargement of two cathedrals in India.