Charles Harrison Townsend
(13 May 1851 – 26 December 1928) was an English architect


This woven furnishing textile was designed by Charles Harrison Townsend and woven by the firm of Alexander Morton & Co. of Darvel in Scotland.
House at the Garden City, Letchworth, c1906 by Charles Harrison Townsend.
Charles Harrison Townsend
(13 May 1851 – 26 December 1928) was an English architect
The Horniman Museum and Gardens designed by Charles Harrison Townsend.

I am researching Charles Harrison Townsend for the Arts & Crafts Movement in Surrey and compiling a Catalogue Raisonne of all his works.

I am also studying his life and times, and the architectural context in which he worked and his connections with the Art Workers Guild. Townsend was a leading architect of the Arts & Crafts Movement in the UK and Europe at the turn of the nineteenth century, who has largely been forgotten with the passing of time.

Blackheath Village Archives Group have set up a new website which contains a selection of photos from their collection and also provides more information about their research and preservation of the history of the village.

The Victorian Web feature a couple of pages on Blackheath Village and Charles Harrison Townsend, see page 1 and page 2.

Blackheath cricket pavilion has been built based on Charles Harrison Townsend’s drawings – for the latest progress see the Blackheath Cricket Club website.

The Opera House in Workington, Cumbria, designed by Thomas L. Banks and Charles Harrison Townsend is under threat of demolition. More information and a link to the campaign to save the theatre is on The Arthur Lloyd Music Hall and Theatre History.

Whitechapel Gallery was opened in March 1901; a striking, purpose built arts and crafts building designed by Charles Harrison Townsend.

Aims of the Website:

  • Compile a list of his architecture and design achievements
  • Increase the knowledge of Charles Harrison Townsend
  • Be a point of contact for all those that own one of his buildings or are a descendant
  • Enable owners to be able to contact me for more advice about their building or work of art.
Sculpture of Charles Harrison Townsend, 1903 (bronze) by Wood, Derwent F. (1871-1926).