Lawrence Booth

Place of Birth
  • Born                      17 March 1837, Bury
  • Married                   5 December 1867 Harriette Elizabeth Jones
  • Died                       Wednesday 25 July 1894.
  • Buried                    St Paul’s Church, Bury

The son of Richard and Susan Booth of Bury, Lawrence Booth served his articles at Oldham under Joseph Stott, and having completed them, he became assistant to Messrs Blackwell and Son of Manchester. After three years’ service, the firm were so satisfied with his abilities that they offered him a partnership, which was accepted, and the new firm conducted its business under the title of Blackwell, Son & Booth. On the death of its senior member, the firm became Blackwell and Booth. This partnership was dissolved by mutual consent in 1874 after which he practised in his own name before taking as partners his chief clerk, Thomas Chadwick and John Merry Porter about 1889.

In Greater Manchester he is remembered chiefly as the architect of the Salford Union Hospital at Hope, near Eccles; the Barnes Convalescent Home at Cheadle; the Bury Infirmary; and Hospital work for the Bury and Chorlton Unions, and for the Manchester Infirmary Board. Several churches were also erected from his designs including Christ Church, Walshaw, near Bury; St. Thomas's Bury; restorations and extensions at St. Paul's, Bury, St. Mary's Rawtenstall, and Tunstead Church, near Bacup. Other commissions included the Middleton Free Library; the Public Hall, Library, and Baths at Newton Heath, Manchester; the Bank Street Schools, Bury; and the Public Baths at Pendleton for the Salford Corporation.

He also worked extensively in North Wales. Fully appreciating the advantages of Colwyn Bay as a seaside resort, Lawrence Booth determined to become involved in the town’s development. When the estate belonging to John Pender came into the market, in 1875, he joined a small circle of friends in the purchase of the property, and subsequently formed the Colwyn Bay and Pwllycrochan Estate Company, of which he acted as Secretary and Surveyor for several years. He was also Vice-Chairman of the company at the time of his death. His partnership with Thomas Chadwick and John Merry Porter proved highly successful and the firm rapidly became the most respected in the town.

Lawrence Booth was elected Associate of the RIBA on 5 December 1864, proposed by J P Pritchett, J H Chamberlain, and T Roger Smith; and Fellow of the RIBA on 2 May 1870, proposed by E Salomons, T Roger Smith, and J H Chamberlain. He was a founder member, and for two years President, of the Manchester Architectural Association. The Association organised lectures on a regular basis, many of which were given by the members themselves. Many years later (and somewhat unkindly) a young architect noted: “Lawrence Booth, an architect whose work, with the sole exception of the Headquarters Building for the Manchester Regiment in Ardwick Green, is uniformly dull, spoke on “Originality.” [Cecil Stewart MSA: a Brief History]

Like his friend Alfred Darbyshire, Lawrence Booth had a fondness for amateur dramatics in his youth. Their appearance together at the Theatre Royal in Hereford in 1864 is described at some length by Alfred Darbyshire in “An Architect’s Experiences”:

He married on 5 December 1867 Harriette Elizabeth Jones daughter of Rev Henry Jones at Osmotherley Yorkshire. Of their four sons. Richard and Henry both trained as architects,  John became  an auctioneer and valuer,  while William joined the legal profession.

Lawrence Booth FRIBA, died on Wednesday 25 July 1894. at his residence, Crumpsall Green, aged 57. His funeral took place at noon on Saturday 28 July 1894 t St Paul’s Church, Bury. He had been in failing health from consumption, the main cause of his death, for some time. In April/May 1894 his house was advertised to let. Following his death his widow, Harriette Elizabeth, moved to Chorlton-cum Hardy  with Henry, John and William (1901 census),  and appears to have subsequently moved to Colwyn Bay where she died on 20 April 1905 at her home, “Rueberry,”

1864        Partner Blackwell Son and Booth, Manchester and Bury
1872-1874    Partner, Blackwell and Booth with Isaac Blackwell
1889         Partner Booth and Chadwick Manchester and Colwyn Bay with Thomas Chadwick
1889        Partner Booth Chadwick and Porter, Colwyn Bay with Thomas Chadwick and J M Porter

1871        Blackwell Son & Booth architects and surveyors Essex Chambers. 8 Essex Street, King Street
1876        Lawrence Booth architect and surveyor Essex Chambers. 8 Essex Street, King Street
1876        88 King Street Manchester and 4 Cooper Street, Bury. (M G Contracts 27 May 1876)
1877        88 King Street Manchester and 3 Station Road Colwyn Bay
1883        88 King-street, Manchester (Manchester Guardian, Contracts. 7 April 1883)
1884        28 Faulkner Street Manchester (MG contracts)
1887        28 Faulkner Street Manchester (Br Architect- Contracts)
1891        28 Faulkner Street Manchester (Manchester Rate Book)
1894        42 Oxford Street, Manchester

1841-1861    Horse and Jockey (PH) Pits o’th’ Moor Bury
1871            Lawrence Booth, architect, (Blackwell Son & Booth), Highfield Terrace, Bury
1881            Victoria Terrace, Bury Old Road, Broughton, Salford (1881 Census)
1881-1887    Crumpsall Lane,  Crumpsall (Manchester Rate Book)
1888            4, Crumpsall Green
1890-1894   2, Crumpsall Green

Obituary    Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects Volume 1 1894 Page 618-619
Obituary    Building News 3 August 1894 page 140
Obituary    Colwyn Bay Weekly News 3 August 1894 page 2
Obituary    Bury Guardian 28 July 1894


Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Rebuilding Front Wall of Chapel. Withington Workhouse Withington  Manchester  GMCA  England
Large Dwelling House and Outbuildings near Whitefield   Whitefield  GMCA  England
Temporary Wards Manchester Royal Infirmary Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Wooden Buildings to form Infectious Hospital at Salford Workhouse Hope  Salford  GMCA  England
Hospital for Infectious Diseases Bury Union Workhouse. Jerico  Bury  GMCA  England
New Wing: Pwllycrochon Hotel Colwyn Bay   Colwyn Bay  Clwyd  Wales
Warehouse Properties: Two blocks and Three blocks. Faulkner Street Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Warehouse: Faulkner Street Manchester Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Seventeen Dwelling Houses and One Shop. Ramsbottom Ramsbottom  Bury  GMCA  England
Bury Dispensary Hospital Walmersley Road Littlewood Cross near Bury Littlewood Cross  Bury  GMCA  England
Alterations and Additions to Hospital at Monsall Monsall  Manchester  GMCA  England
Enlarging Infectious Wards. Union Workhouse Withington Withington  Manchester  GMCA  England
Cottage School Houses Withington Workhouse (Architectural Competition)       England
Proposed Infectious Diseases Hospital Eccles   Eccles  GMCA  England
Withington Local Board Offices. Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury West Didsbury  Manchester  GMCA  England
Hope Hospital, Stott Lane and Eccles Old Road, Hope, Pendleton Hope  Pendleton  GMCA  England
St. Mary Rawtenstall. Restoration and Enlargement   Rawtenstall  Lancashire  England
Three large blocks of middle class dwelling houses Rawtenstall   Rawtenstall  Lancashire  England
Schools for 600 children. Rawtenstall St John's  Rawtenstall  Lancashire  England
Trinity Church Schools Stacksteads Stacksteads  Rawtenstall  Lancashire  England
Beaconsfield Constitutional Hall and Club House Stacksteads (Rawtenstall) Stacksteads  Rawtenstall  Lancashire  England
Lynton Cottage Colwyn Bay   Colwyn Bay  Clwyd  Wales
Hydropathic Institute: Colwyn Bay   Colwyn Bay  Clwyd  Wales
Restoration of St Paul’s Church Bury   Bury  GMCA  England
St Mary’s Church Schools Henry Street Rawtenstall   Rawtenstall  Lancashire  England
Salford Union: Shed to Union Infirmary near Eccles Hope  Pendleton  GMCA  England
Workmen’s Dwellings Medlock Street and Weston Street Holt Town Ancoats Ancoats  Manchester  GMCA  England
Marine Promenade and Sea Wall Colwyn Bay   Colwyn Bay  Clwyd  Wales
Public Baths Frederick Road Pendleton Salford Pendleton  Salford  GMCA  England
Bookcases etc. Free Reference Library Union Street Oldham   Oldham  GMCA  England
Vicarage St Mary’s Church Rawtenstall   Rawtenstall  Lancashire  England
Public Baths Union Street Oldham: Alterations and Enlargement   Oldham  GMCA  England
Territorial Army Headquarters Ardwick Green Ardwick Manchester Ardwick  Manchester  GMCA  England
Alterations: Queen’s Theatre Bridge Street Manchester   Manchester  GMCA  England
Queen’s Jubilee Free Library Middleton   Middleton  GMCA  England
Christ Church (Jesse Howarth Memorial Church) Walshaw Bury Walshaw  Bury  GMCA  England
Public Buildings Oldham Road Newton Heath Manchester Newton Heath  Manchester  GMCA  England
Proposed Infectious Diseases Hospital, Northwich   Northwich  Cheshire  England
St. Andrew's Church Schools, Ramsbottom. Extension   Ramsbottom  Lancashire  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Blackwell and Booth Architectural practice 1869 1874 Manchester
Blackwell Son and Booth Architectural practice 1862 1869 Manchester
Booth and Chadwick Architectural practice 1889 1894 Manchester
Booth Chadwick and Porter Architectural practice 1889 1905 Colwyn Bay