Francis Haslem Oldham

Place of Birth

  • Born  :  26 September 1844. Mansfield.
  • Died   :  30 June 1908. “Woodside” Sale 

The son of John Oldham, of Mansfield and of Morton, Derbyshire, and Mary, daughter of John Hesse Abraham, FLS  FSA, Holy Green House, Sheffield. Francis Haslam Oldham was born on 26 September 1844, at Mansfield. He was educated at the Grammar School in that town, and afterwards privately. After serving articles with the architect to the late Duke of Portland and engineer to the River Witham  and Everton drainage schemes, he came to Manchester, entering the office of Medland Taylor as a pupil or improver in 1864. In 1870 he joined Willami Wilson in partnership. Following Willami Wilson’s death in 1875 he continued in partnership with his son, Thomas Chilton Wilson. This partnership formally ended in 1883 but there is evidence that it had broken down some considerable time before.

On the reformation of the Manchester Architectural Association F W Oldham was its President for the first two years, the Association subsequently uniting with the Manchester Society of Architects. He was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a member of the Manchester Society of Architects and of the Society of Surveyors and Valuers. His private practice lay chiefly in Manchester and its immediate neighbourhood, and Yorkshire.

Francis Haslam Oldham died on 30 June 1908 at his residence, Woodside, Sale. The funeral was held at Brooklands Cemetery on Thursday July 2 at 11.30

1871-1874    Wilson and Oldham [architects and valuers] 23 John Dalton Street
1875-1876    Wilson, Oldham & Wilson [architects and valuers] MSA 23 John Dalton Street
1877-1883    Oldham & Wilson 23 John Dalton Street (Slaters)
1886-1898    F H Oldham FRIBA MSA. 23 John Dalton Street (Slaters)
1899            Francis Haslam Oldham  FRIBA FMSA  23, King Street (?)
1903            Francis Haslam Oldham FRIBA FMSA Princes Chambers 45? John Dalton Street


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Oldham and Wilson Architectural practice 1876 1881 Manchester
Wilson and Oldham Architectural practice 1870 1875 Manchester
Wilson Oldham and Wilson Architectural practice 1875 1876 Manchester