Ernest Bates

Place of Birth

  • Birth date            1827-1828 at Oldham
  • Baptism               17 February 1828 at St Peter’s Church, Oldham
  • Married (I)            11 February 1857 to Ellen Eccles Sharrock, at St Anne’s Church Sale Moor
  • Married (II)           1864-5 to Hannah (no details)
  • Death date           30 August 1877 Kent’s Bank, Lancashire (London Gazette)

 Ernest Bates was born about 1828 in Oldham, Lancashire, the fifth son of William Bates a cotton manufacturer and his wife Sally.  He trained as a civil engineer this being given as his occupation in 1851 when he was living with his brother, Henry, in Oxford Street London. By 1853 he had returned to Manchester, to set up practice as an architect, surveyor, and civil engineer with an office in Princess Street.

In 1857 he married Ellen Eccles Shorrock, the eldest daughter of Christopher Shorrock of Ashton-on-Mersey at St Anne’s Church Sale Moor. The ceremony was conducted by his brother, the Rev J Chadwick Bates, and was the first marriage ceremony recorded in the church. The marriage produced three children - Ellen Eccles Shorrock born 1857; Ada Ernestina born 1860 died 1864; and Christopher Shorrock born 1862.  In the census of 1861, his occupation was given as civil engineer, architect, and farmer of 120 acres, employing five labourers.  Sadly, Ellen Eccles Bates died in 1863 at the age of 31. Although details of his second marriage to Hannah have yet to be found, their only son Ernest Augustus was born on 21 November 1865.

Ernest Bates’ early works included the Church of St Martin Castleton Moor, Rochdale (1858- ). Isaac Holden and Son had prepared initial plans which were deemed too costly. They were replaced by Ernest Bates, (the brother of the incumbent, the Rev J C Bates) who was responsible for the revised scheme. Also India Mill at Darwen, one of the largest Lancashire cotton mills with its spectacular chimney for Eccles Shorrock and Company. 

During the 1860s Bates designed residences Windermere Grange-over-Sands, Croydon Marple, Middlewich, Over Darwen, Higher Broughton, Hilton Park, Prestwich, and Urmston. Larger commissions included the Prestwich Union offices Cheetham Hill Road, the Warehousemen and Clerks’ School, Cheadle, and Wolverhampton Town Hall, the last won in competition. About 1868 Ernest Bates established a London office in Bedford Row, probably in connection with a commission received from his brother for a warehouse in Southwark Street.

Ernest Bates died on 20 August 1877 aged 49 at Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands

1853    Ernest Bates, architect and surveyor 39 Princess Street
1858    Ernest Bates 48 Stock Exchange. Ducie Place, Manchester (M/c Courier 24 April 1858 p2)
1859    Ernest Bates, architect, Albert Chambers, Corporation Street Manchester
1861    Ernest Bates, architect Albert Chambers, Fennel street Manchester
1861    Ernest Bates, architect Albert Chambers Corporation Street Manchester (MG Contracts)
1863    Ernest Bates 47 Hanging Ditch Manchester
1863    Ernest Bates, architect. 26 Cooper Street Manchester (Slater)
1869    Ernest Bates. 26 Cooper Street, Manchester and 60 Bedford Row, London (MG Contracts)
1871    Ernest Bates, architect, 28 Cooper Street, Manchester
1875    Ernest Bates 9 Mount Street Manchester (Manchester Guardian 6 March 1875 Page 9 -Contracts)
1876    Ernest Bates, architect. 9 Mount Street, Manchester (Slater)
1877-8    Ernest Bates Queen's Chambers, John Dalton Street (Slater & London Gazette)

1828    Manchester Street Oldham
1851    Oxford Street, London
1857    Old Trafford
1861    12 Winfield Terrace, Old Trafford (Directory)
1863    12 Richmond Hill, Old Trafford
1871    11, Seymour Grove, Old Trafford (Directory)
1876    15 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford
1877    Kent’s Bank Lancashire (London Gazette, Manchester Guardian)


Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
St Martin’s Church Castleton Moor Rochdale Castleton Moor  Rochdale  GMCA  England
India Mill, Darwen Over Darwen  Darwen  Lancashire  England
Chimney to India Mill Darwen   Darwen  Lancashire  England
The Priory Windermere   Windermere  Cumbria  England
Prestwich Union Offices Cheetham Hill Road Cheetham Cheetham  Manchester  GMCA  England
Independent Chapel. Sale Sale  Trafford  GMCA  England
Manchester District School for Orphan and Necessitous Children of Warehousemen and Clerks Cheadle Hulme  Stockport  GMCA  England
House at Grange, Newton in Cartmel Grange-over-Sands  Newton in Cartmel  Cumbria  England
Sidway House Hilton Park Prestwich Hilton Park  Prestwich  GMCA  England
North Lodge Hilton Park Prestwich Hilton Park  Prestwich  GMCA  England
Villa Residence Hilton Park Prestwich Hilton Park  Prestwich  GMCA  England
Large Detached House with Stables and Outbuildings Marple   Marple  GMCA  England
House at Middleton   Middleton  GMCA  England
House at Over Darwen   Over Darwen  Lancashire  England
Villa at Croydon   Croydon  Greater London  England
Chapel and Schools Edge Lane Stretford   Stretford  GMCA  England
Enlargements: Independent Chapel, The Downs, Bowdon   Bowdon  GMCA  England
Re-building Town Hall High Street Nantwich Cheshire   Nanrwich  Cheshire  England
House at Higher Broughton Higher Broughton  Salford  GMCA  England
Schools Portland Grove Fallowfield Fallowfield  Manchester  GMCA  England
Detached House at Urmston Urmston  Manchester  GMCA  England
Warehouse, 49, Southwark Street, Borough Borough  London Borough of Southwark  Greater London  England
“Race Hill” Dunham Road Dunham Massey   Dunham Massey  GMCA  England
73-75 Princess Street Manchester   Manchester  GMCA  England
Town Hall Wolverhampton   Wolverhampton  GMCA  England
Alterations: Manchester School for the Deaf and Dumb Old Trafford Old Trafford  Manchester  GMCA  England
Schools in connection with St George’s Church Hulme Hulme  Manchester  GMCA  England
Alterations. Hanover Chapel Stockport   Stockport  GMCA  England
South Chapel: Church of St Lawrence Biddulph   Biddulph  Staffordshire  England
Wesleyan Chapel, Kents Bank Road, Grange over Sands   Grange over Sands  Cumbria  England
Paper Mills Ordsall Lane Salford Ordall  Salford  GMCA  England