Thomas Butterworth

Place of Birth

  • Born     1856 Dearnley Rochdale (Census)
  • Died      6 January 1939 Blackpool
  • Buried   Blackpool Cemetery

Thomas Butterworth was a native of Littleborough but had been in business in Manchester from the age of twenty-five. He was articled to Stott and Butterworth, Rochdale, and remained some time as assistant with them before serving with Andrews and Titmus in Manchester. He was taken into partnership by J H Andrews in the early 1890s, under the style J H Andrews and Butterworth. Andrews had come to Manchester to take up the appointment of resident surveyor and manager for the completion of the Town Hall, in June 1874 and retained this position until its completed and opening. He commenced private practice in 1881. Following Andrew’s death in 1907, the practice continued under the same title until the mid-1930's with Thomas Butterworth as principal. He was a Fellow of the MSA and Licentiate RIBA. Prominent in the Methodist world he had held every office open to a layman.

His work was of a varied nature and included Bloom Street Electricity Station for Manchester Corporation; Mosley Hotel, Piccadilly. Manchester; business premises and shops, various schools and churches; several bakeries around Manchester; office premises, a printing works, a biscuit factory, a corset works, warehouses (including for the Sackville estates on Whitworth Street, Manchester), and much general domestic work. An album of their works held in Manchester Metropolitan University Library Special Collection reveals the extent to which they specialised in this relatively new, and professionally derided, field of commercial and industrial architecture.

Thomas Butterworth died on 6 January 1939 at 49 Sherbourne Road, Blackpool, in his 83rd year. Funeral service was held at North Shore Methodist Church Tuesday 10 January 1939 at 1.30 prior to interment at Blackpool Cemetery.

1895-1913    Andrews & Butterworth Prudential Buildings 78 King Street, Manchester
1914-1918    Andrews & Butterworth Somerset Buildings 19, Brazennose St (Slater’s Directory: Alphabetical)
1928?           J H Andrews & Butterworth 37 Brown Street       
1929-1939    J H Andrews and Butterworth, 9 St. James's Square, Manchester

1901-1909    Littleborough (Census)
1912-1914    105 Dearnley. Rochdale (Slater)
1916-1939    49 Sherbourne Road, Blackpool

Obituary    Builder Vol 156 20 January 1939 Page 166
Obituary    Manchester City News 14 January 1939 Page 4 Column 6
Obituary    Manchester Guardian 9 January 1939 p13