Macdonald Dictionary Record: Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: M. 686. Mount fort, Benjamin Woolfield ( was a son of Thomas Mount fort of Birmingham. He was trained as an architect and was articled to Richard Carpenter and had further training under Gilbert Scott. He and his wife Emily and his sister Susanna, - came out in the Charlotte Jane in 1851 ; af so his brother Charles Wheeler and his wife. The Mount forts were one of the first fom families to make their way over the hill and settle in Ch.Ch. His first major comm iss1on in Canty was Holy Trinity Church Lylt. It was long and very high and was designed to be built on the brick and timber principle (brick noggin) ) make economies the parish cut down the length and left the height as it was . This made it look rather rider lous and, as it turned ont, unsafe. The timber, lack pini from Wgtn , shrank and the bricks got loo se and a finger could be pus hed in to the cracks. Twice bricks fell into the church and the congregati n foll refused to use the church any more. Thee architects sported on the building and the means of making it safer. The foundat ton stone had been laid 24.4.5 2 by God ley who made a memor able spec and the church was opened 6.1.53. In Ap. 54 a meeting was held to consider ways and means of taking it down , it pass list Canty Mus. : Canty. O+ N. ' W 4gram, story Ch.Ch ; Scholefield i : LT. 17.3.98. C.R.H. Taylor: Ed.ward Day; LT. 15.4.54 : 20.2.56; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: M 686 B.W. Mountfort being unsafe The new church witt low walls and wide spain was designed by Mallon son. .This was a shattering blow for Mountfort and it took him some years to recover fi om it. He started a book and stationary shop and was agent for the Lylt. Times Feb. 56. He had a photographi es tab lis ment in 57 C.O. Torlesse noted 24. "Got my like ness taken at Mo In Aug. 56 he was appointed drawing master at Lylt. Gram mar School and in 59 at X's Coll. He went into part. with Isaac Lucha who nad married his sister Sus rima in Mount fort and fuck were respons ile for the Prov. Corn Buildings and for St. Johns Lat. Sq. which was con secreted A p. 60. His part. with Luck was diss. in July 64 and he immediately went in to part. with Maxwell Bury.. other accounts say that Bury des ig ned St. Johns Lat Sq. Bury + Mount fort divided the prize for the Mussen w ith Speechly; they were responsible for St. James's - the - Cust. When it was decided to start on the building of the Cathedral a commission sat to dis ens what Canty architect was to supervise the carrying out of Scott plans. There was fierce competition for goo d C.O. Torlesse. Journal; 22 LT. 22.1.59; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: B.W. Mountfort M. 686 jobs such as their. Edward Dobson said that vanity apart" he was the only person qualified to superin tend owing to his superior train ing The Commiss conners fling against Mount fort steadily grew into decision against him . His design for the new Govt House at Auck. had been rejected by Col. Mould , in command of N.Z. Engineers. The Rev. James Wilson wr ote to Selfe giving him the vices of the Commission again st Mount fort. Bishop Harper was also against hum. It was said that Edward Doon had intrigued ag aust Mount fort; but he had written to Scott, strongly recommending him. This was ol before his Mount forts Prov. Coun. plans which turned the tide in his favour. Speck ley was sent out f own Eng. to superiors the Cathedral. The Lylt Times sald in a leader in '64 that they knew for a fact that many subscriptions prom ied for the Cathedral would be withdrawn Mount fort had been appointed local architect Sewell in his Journal clever , mexperienced , unsafe . His designs petty to look at and indicative of talent but churches on paper and in substantial materials are might different things" He was a member of the managing comm. of the Canty Rifle Vol inker. sewell s Tourna; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: B.W. Mount fort 4 M. 686 and was a good rifle shot. He was a prize winer at the shooting match held at Papanui on Anniversary Day b1. He was chosen as Ensign No 2 Cor. July 64. He was the an thor of a mono graph on the Henry 11, Chapel . at Westminster. He was a direct descen daunt f Simon de Mont fort. Herald ry and the architectural forms and s yin bols ass scaled with it became his hobby. He built himself a house in Glos. St. nar Stanmore Rd and although h of Wood it still dis played the Gothic in hence which showed in all his work. He was short. stod y , genial looking with smiling Eyes S. Brice said that "when he walked he gave the in press on that he was , the unin her of steps Yards fe omn his house to his office is tallying He was quietly spoken, in ass nin ing , almost taciturn , yet of a wining , Eager manner when his interest was aroused. He could well be described as a Cove atlee man . He was a devout. Church san and oue Sunday was hurrying to Canty Coll. with his architect in al papers hidden under his cot meaning to dv some work out of sight f the good keepers of the Sabbath . He was confused when the y shipped to he y LT. 2.5.60 : 22.5.61 : 18.12.61 : P. 16.7.64 : 15.7.64 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: M.686 B.W. Mountfort the ground , betray ing him to the promenade s After Speechly left he became the local architect in charge of the Cathedral . He designed the Church of the Good Shepherd, Phillip st own and the tower was built as a memorial to him He designed cathedrals for Auck. , Napier and Brutish North Borneo. and the hal at Canty Coll. He was a member of the diocesan synod and , S.Pats r vestryman . St Pa is Papanui and cross bearer of the Church of the Good Shepherd . He was a vestryman of Avonside Ap . 69. He taught Dy Barker the art of photography. He gave his address to the Canty Assoc. as 2. Earl St. westminster. His R.S. 20 of 50 ac. was selected on the Heathcote in what is now Woolston. He d. 15.3.98 son Wilfred educ. X's Coll 65-67 : N.Z. Civil Service d. 95. Cyril Julian -67 marr, Mary Enli only dau Robt. Edmund Haworth t, Rang. ; architect of Ch.Ch. : succeeded his father as resident architect of Harr oft, N of Cathedral He d. 23.11.20 ag 68 Arthur Educ. X; Coll 65-66 : awaroa , Kawhia, Ank d. 26.11.27. Ranui h marr. Auck 23.2.88 Florence 3' dau. G.C.Payne Auck. eldest dau. Edith Miranda marr. 15.5.77 Wm. Russell Morris q.v. LT. 14.4.69 : 7.7.70 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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