Frederic Kirk (c.1860-1914)

Frederic Kirk was a Huddersfield-born architect.


He was born around 1860, the son of noted Huddersfield architect John Kirk and his wife Louisa (née Sheard). His name is sometimes recorded as "Frederick".[1]

Following the death of his brother James Sheard Kirk in 1911, Frederic became the head of John Kirk and Sons of Market Place, Huddersfield. He also served as a valuer to the Huddersfield Building Society and attended the Brunswick Street Methodist Chapel.

The 1911 Census records him residing at 68 Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield, with his spinster sisters Louisa Harriet (61)and Eliza Anne (59).

On Thursday 17 September 1914 he left for a business appointment at Bradley Mills. He failed to arrive and, when his umbrella was found next to the canal near the mills, the police were altered. His body was found in the canal following a dragging operation. At the inquest, medical evidence was given that Kirk was "subject to dizziness" and "had no business troubles" which might had led to him committing suicide.

He was buried at Edgerton Cemetery on 21 September with the Rev. R. Ashby Howe conducting the service.[2]

He died unmarried and left an estate worth £5,361 5s. 3d.

Notes and References

  1. The spelling "Frederic" is given on his probate record.
  2. Huddersfield Daily Examiner (21/Sep/1914).