John Kirk (1817-1886)

John Kirk was a Yorkshire architect.


He was born in Huddersfield on 6 April 1817, the son of joiner John Kirk and his wife Elizabeth and was baptised at Queen Street Wesleyan Chapel.

He married Louisa Sheard (c.1819-1903) and they raised at least six children, with at least three of his four sons becoming architects who joined him in the family firm of John Kirk & Sons:

His other son, Walter Schofield Kirk (1848-1923), married Mary Elizabeth Hodge in 1869 and worked as a woollen machinery merchant and mill furnisher. John and Louisa's two daughters, Louisa Harriet (1849-1926) and Eliza Ann Kirk (1851-?), did not marry.

Initially he worked as a joiner, before becoming a builder. At the time of the 1851 Census, he was a "master builder employing 30 men" and living on Trinity Street.

By 1861, the family had moved to Fitzwilliam Street and his occupation was listed in the census as "architect".

His health declined in later life and he died aged 69. He was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Greenhead, on 13 March 1886.

Selected Local Works

n.b. includes works some works by John Kirk and Sons

Further Reading

Notes and References

  1. Huddersfield Chronicle (05/Jan/1874).