John Garrard Elgood

Place of Birth

  • Born      1833 or 4  at Leicester, Leicestershire 
  • Died       8 March 1893  at Swiss Cottage, Langham Road, Bowdon
  • Burial     Brooklands Cemetery

John Garrard Elgood FRIBA, was a native of Leicester. Early in his career he was a pupil of Bowman and Crowther of Manchester, to whom he was articled in 1847 for a period of seven years. During this time, he was largely employed on their well-known work “The Churches of the Middle Ages.” In 1855 he became assistant to Mr Thomas Worthington and, after twenty-five years as his assistant, he became Thomas Worthington’s partner in 1880. the partnership between Thomas Worthington, J G Elgood and P S Worthington under the style of Worthington & Elgood was dissolved in January 1893. The circumstances are recorded in Elgood’s obituary notice in The Builder:

In the autumn of last year (1892) Mr Elgood contracted a severe chill; which was followed by a serious illness necessitating an operation, and his illness having lately assumed a critical form, he died on the 8th ult. He was unmarried and though of a singularly modest and quiet disposition, his professional knowledge and attainments were very considerable. He was a man of calm, sound judgement, had a rare appreciation of the details of Gothic architecture and was an accurate and most conscientious draftsman. He was well-known among his professional brethren of the Manchester Society of Architects and had taken a very warm interest in the amalgamation into one body of the senior and junior societies in Manchester. Elected an Associate of the Institute in 1874, he became a Fellow in 1890.” [Builder 8 April 1893 Page 273]

1883    John G Elgood ARIBA (Worthington & Elgood), 110 King Street Manchester
1886    John G Elgood ARIBA (Worthington & Elgood), 110 King Street Manchester

1874-1881    John Elgood clerk 4 Craven Terrace, Sale (Morris & Co Cheshire 1874)
1893        Swiss Cottage, Langham Road, Bowdon

Obituary    Builder volume 64, 8 Apr 1893, page 273;
Obituary    RIBA Proceedings NS v9, 1893, p275
Obituary    Building News 17 March 1893 Page 388

Reference     A Pass - Thomas Worthington
Reference    Building News 20 January 1893 Page 113 – dissolution of partnership



Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Unitarian Chapel Atkinson Road Sale Sale  Trafford  GMCA  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Worthington and Elgood Architectural practice 1880 1893 Manchester