Paul Ogden

Place of Birth
Higher Broughton

  • Born      1856       Higher Broughton.
  • Died       7 April 1940 at his residence, 137 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury.
  • MSA      1907-1909 President

The son of Mark Ogden, Paul Ogden was born at Higher Broughton in 1856 and educated at Broughton College, under the Rev. James Lee, D.D. One of his greatest school friends was Sir Thomas Vansittart Bowater, the ex-lord mayor of London and former head of the famous paper firm. Paul Ogden served his articles with Whyatt and Mellor and qualified by examination in 1885 being elected ARIBA the same year. In 1892 he was elected FRIBA.  

His practice, largely domestic in nature, favoured the traditional Elizabethan and Tudor in style. Preferring traditional building methods, he earned for himself the reputation of being “anti ferro-concrete.” He designed a number of residences in Cheshire and Derbyshire including a picturesque black-and-white house on the Chelford Road for Mr Charles Denton, and at Glossop where he was responsible for Dr Sidebottom’s home. But he also carried out a good deal of ecclesiastical and commercial work including alterations and re-decoration of the Greek Church, Higher Broughton; St Paul's Parochial Schools, Widnes; Cottage Homes at Swinton; St Jude’s Schools, Manchester; St Michael’s Educational Foundation; besides a number of hotels and factories in the Manchester area, including the Rolls Royce factory in Trafford Park.

However, his greatest interest was in his profession and the safeguarding of the interests of architects and the preservation of their integrity. He insisted always on the dignity of the profession and was a genuine believer in good craftsmanship. He recognised that in its beginnings the Manchester Society of Architects was for the older members of the profession, and he went beyond these bounds and took great trouble to bring in younger architects and went out of his way to make them at home among their more experienced colleagues. He was variously an ex-president, trustee, and honorary secretary for 21 years of the Manchester Society of Architects, which, in its revised form, was founded largely as a result of his efforts.

He held many appointments and had been Hon. Secretary, Architectural Section, Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester, 1887 and president of the Engineering and Architectural Sections of the Royal Sanitary Institute Congress in 1908. For many years he was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Chair of Architecture, Manchester University, and for eight years a co-opted member of the Manchester Board of Education. He had been representative architect on the Manchester Air Pollution Advisory Board, Chairman of Housing Architects for the Corporation and member of the Architect Committee of the Manchester Diocesan Societies.

He lectured both in Manchester and Liverpool on architecture and collateral subjects and was a contributor to various professional journals. He also acted as assessor on several architectural competitions. He was also an accomplished horseman, a popular personality on the local tennis courts and a keen golfer being a former President of the Prestwich Golf Club.

Paul Ogden retired 1931 and died on 7 April 1940 at his residence, 137 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, in his 85th year. The funeral service was held at Manchester Crematorium, Thursday 11 April at 11.00am.

1883    Paul Ogden 25 Dickinson Street (Slaters)
1891    Paul Ogden architect and surveyor. Corporation Chambers 19 Corporation Street (Slaters)
1895    Paul Ogden ARIBA,sec MSA. 60 King Street (Slaters)
1903-1929  Paul Ogden FRIBA, FMSA. 60 King Street (Slaters)

1891    “Holly Bank,” 83 Bury New Road Higher Broughton
1901    Knutsford? (Census)
1903-1909  Paul Ogden FRIBA,, “Hillside,” Lower Broughton Road, Higher Broughton
1940    137 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury (death notice)

Obituary   Builder 19 April 1940 Page 470
Obituary   Manchester City News 13 April 1940 Page 4 Column 1
Obituary   Manchester Guardian 11 April 1940 Page 2 Column 4
Obituary   Architect & Building News vol 162 3 May 1940 page 91