Claire Weatherall Project Archivist alongside some of the Francis Johnson files

Claire Weatherall, Project Archivist, alongside some of the Francis Johnson files

Bridlington born architect Francis Johnson (1911-1995) studied at Leeds School of Architecture. He started out with a firm in Hull before beginning his own practice in 1937. He worked out of offices at Craven House, High street, Bridlington, for nearly 60 years. His partners still continue to operate out of Craven House today.

Over the years Francis Johnson worked on a whole range of buildings including private residences, offices, shops, churches and his speciality Georgian town and country houses.

Some of his most impressive commissions include Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, Maister House in Hull, the Orangery at Sledmere House, Burton Agnes Hall, Sunderlandwick Hall, York Minster and Fairfax House, York.

He was also quite the designer and created individual pieces of furniture for the British embassies in Washington, Tokyo and Oslo, as well as a pair of wooden candlesticks for HRH the Queen.

Through funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme administered by The National Archives we currently have a project archivist (see Claire above) working on describing this collection.

Wrapper from U DFJ 330

Wrapper before preservation (plan and elevation drawing of cottages at Langton, North Yorkshire)

As we got into the project we found that many of Francis Johnson’s files were wrapped in plan and elevation drawings of other buildings he had worked on.

These unexpected archives provide us with a great opportunity to promote the collection whilst giving all you Minecrafters an exciting chance to recreate real buildings from original plans and drawings.

Further information about the Francis Johnson collection is available on the History Centre website and regular updates appear on the Centre’s blog 

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