Francis Johnson (architect)

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See Francis Johnston (architect) for Irish architect of similar name.

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Francis Johnson was the subject of a monograph in 2001 as well as an exhibition at the RIBA.

Francis Frederick Johnson CBE, (18 April 1911–29 September 1995), was an English architect, born in Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire.[1]

Education and early career

Johnson trained at the Leeds School of Architecture. He toured Europe in 1931 on a travelling scholarship before going to work for Allderidge & Clark in Hull. He began his own practice in 1937 in his home town of Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire. His career was interrupted by the Second World War and he served in the Royal Engineers from 1943 to 1946.


Francis Johnson’s favoured field of work was domestic architecture and he is particularly known for his country houses in the Georgian style. He designed a number of churches in the post war period for clients including the Church of England Commissioners; these simple buildings often show the influence of the Scandinavian classical architecture he had admired on his European tour.

Francis Johnson also restored and remodelled a large number of historic buildings including Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, Belton House, Lincolnshire, Burton Agnes Hall and Fairfax House, York.[2] In his approach to restoration, involving detailed research into the original colour schemes of buildings, he was ahead of his time in the 1960s.


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St Margaret, Hilston

Private houses



The archives have been deposited with Hull University Archives at the Hull History Centre.

In November 2013 the archives secured an award of £32,729 from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme administered by The National Archives. The project to catalogue and make this material available is expected to start in January 2014 and run through to August 2015.[3]


  1. Worsley, Giles (1995-10-07). "Obituary; Francis Johnson – People, News – The Independent". London: Retrieved 2009-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Fairfax House, York". Retrieved 2009-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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