Sharpe, Paley and Austin in Cumbria

Between 1836 and 1942, the Lancaster architects firm of Sharpe, Paley and Austin undertook over 600 commissions, mostly in North West England. These ranged from churches to secular work like railway stations and hospitals.
 
The firm was started by Edmund Sharpe (1809-1877), in 1836. He was joined by Edward Paley (1823-1895) in 1845. In 1851 Sharpe retired, leaving Paley to work alone. In 1868 Paley was joined by Hubert Austin (1841-1915), a pupil of Sir George Gilbert Scott. These two men worked together until they were joined by Paley’s son Henry (1859-1946) in 1886. E.G. Paley died in 1895. Austin’s son Geoffrey joined the firm in 1914. When Hubert Austin died in 1915, and Geoffrey Austin went on active service, Harry Paley ran the business alone until 1944 when he was 85.
 
During the life of the practice, they created 370 major works , 148 restorations, and 118 minor works, mostly in Lancashire. The Northern part of Lancashire, which extended almost to Ambleside, is now Cumbria.
 

Some places in Cumbria designed by Sharpe, Paley and Austin :
BarrowSt George
BarrowSt James
Calder BridgeSt Bridget
CrosscrakeSt Thomas
Dalton-in-FurnessSt Mary
Field BroughtonSt Peter
Hutton RoofSt John
ManserghSt Peter
MillomSt George
OsmotherleySt John
Preston PatrickSt Patrick
SeathwaiteHoly Trinity
TorverSt Luke
WaltonSt Mary
Some places in Cumbria restored or enlarged by Sharpe, Paley and Austin :
Cark-in-CartmellHolker Hall
Bowness-on-WindermereSt Martin
Broughton-in-FurnessSt Mary
CastertonHoly Trinity
FinsthwaiteSt Peter
Kirkby LonsdaleSt Mary
NatlandSt Mark
OrtonAll Saints
SedberghSt Andrew
UlverstonSt Mary
WindermereSt Mary

 
In addition to these are many railway buildings on the Furness line between Lancaster, Barrow and Whitehaven, Ulverston and Barrow stations being good examples.
 

Grange-over-Sands Station.

Grange-over-Sands Station. Photo by Matthew Emmott.

 
A book titled ‘Sharpe, Paley and Austin – A Lancaster Architectural Practice 1836-1942’ has been written by James Price, and published 1998 by the Centre for North West Regional Studies, University of Lancaster. It describes the history of the firm, and its founders, and lists all the buildings that they worked on.
 
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