Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder, surveyor and architect, of Belfast. Charles Adelian Aickin was born on 1 February 1857 in Secunderabad, India. He was the first child of William Aickin (c.1828-1879) pay-sergeant with the 3rd European Infantry, Arcot, India, and his first wife, Eugenie De Larche (d.1859). William Aickin had enlisted at Newry, Co. Down, so was therefore presumably a native of the town or neighbourhood. The circumstances and date of Charles Adelian Aickin's arrival in the north of Ireland are not recorded, but he appear;s to have settled in Belfast by1881 or 1882, when his eldest son was born there. His earliest work to be mentioned in the Irish Builder is the repair of the Presbyterian Church at Castlereagh, Co. Down, in 1897.(1) The frequent notices of his works in the Irish Builder during the following four decades - until the late 1930s - suggest that he ran a thriving business. He was responsible for many buildings - houses, shops and cinemas - in Belfast in the 1910s,1920s and 1930s, for which he seems to have acted as both designer and contractor. He was probably a Freemason as he designed and built several masonic halls in Co. Down. He died at the age of ninety in 1947 at the house of his son-in-law, William J. Forsythe, 30 Groomsport Road, Bangor, Co. Down.  According to the 1911 census, he had married his wife Margaret circa 1881 and had six children.   He was a subscriber to George Lister Sutcliffe,ed., The Principles and Practice of Modern House-Construction (London, 1898).(2)



Addresses: Work:  20 Rosemary Street, Belfast, <=1898(3)-1934.(4)



Home: 38 College Park East, Belfast, 1911.



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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Mrs Paddy Neville, Wotton, Nr Dorking, Surrey, a descendant of William Aickin by his second marriage, in a letter to A.M. Rowan, 18 Oct 1991, and from the 1911 Census, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001466410/ (last visited Mar 2009).

(1) IB 39, 15 Aug 1897, 165.
(2) MS list of subscribers from Belfast and other towns in the northern counties (photocopy in IAA, Acc. 2009/066).
(3) See note 2, above.
(4) Belfast and Ulster Directory (1934), in which he is designated 'FFAS.'


76 work entries listed in chronological order for AICKIN, CHARLES ADELIAN


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Building: CO. DOWN, CASTLEREAGH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1897
Nature: Tenders received for carrying our repairs.
Refs: IB 39, 15 Aug 1897, 165

Building: CO. DOWN, KILLINCHY, LECTURE HALL
Date: 1898
Nature: Tender of £530 received from J. Hanna, Newtownards for erection of same.
Refs: IB 40, 1 Apr,1 May 1898, 56,66

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KINCORA AVENUE, BELMONT BOWLING CLUB
Date: 1906
Nature: New pavilion to be opened shortly. Contractor: Kirker G. Walker.
Refs: IB 48, 30 Jun 1906, 509

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STATION STREET, THEATRE
Date: 1907
Nature: Tenders to be invited for building new theatre.
Refs: IB 49, 1 Jun 1907, 393

Building: CO. ANTRIM, WHITEHEAD, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1908-1909
Nature: CAA winner of competition for designing new hall. Tenders to be invited, Jan 1909. Approximate cost £800.
Refs: IB 50, 26 Dec 1908, 807; IB 51, 23 Jan 1909, 45

Building: CO. DOWN, MONEYREA, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders to be invited for erecting same.
Refs: IB 51, 23 Jan 1909, 45

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, HOUSE
Date: 1909
Nature: New house, for John Thompson
Refs: IB 51, 15 May 1909, 293(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SPRINGFIELD ROAD, MILL
Date: 1909
Nature: Additions
Refs: IB 51, 9 Jan 1909, 18

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYLESSON, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1910
Nature: New hall dedicated at Ballylesson.
Refs: IB 52, 6 Aug 1910, 503

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HAYPARK AVENUE, HOUSES (004)
Date: 1911
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same.
Refs: B 69, 10 Nov 1911, 552

Building: CO. DOWN, DONAGHADEE, MOAT STREET, ORANGE HALL
Date: 1912
Nature: New single-storey, red brick hall. Tenders invited Jun 1911 and again Mar 1912 .
Refs: B 69, 30 Jun 1911, 832; 70, 22 Mar 1912, 345; IB 54, 30 Mar,3 Aug 1912, 199,457; Hugh Dixon, Kenneth Kenmuir , Jill Kennett, Historic Buildings…in Donaghadee and Portpatrick (UAHS, 1977), 12b

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALLYSILLAN, HOUSE
Date: 1912
Nature: New villa in course of erection for Thomas Forde. Brick with Rifnock stone dressings. 3 reception, 5 bedrooms. Contractor: William Cochrane, Botanic Ave, Belfast.
Refs: Irish Architect and Building Trades Journal 4, 30 Nov 1912, 1201

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KNOCKDENE PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1912
Nature: In course of erection for Samuel Courtney, Esq. Contractor: C. & W. McQuoid, Roden St.
Refs: Irish Architect and Building Trades Journal 4, 7 Dec 1912, 1214

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLD CAVEHILL ROAD, CAVEHILL BOWLING CLUB, PAVILION
Date: 1912
Nature: New pavilion. Opened end 1912. Contractor: Henry Laverty.
Refs: IB 54, 11 May 1912, 286; Irish Architect and Building Trades Journal 4, 7 Dec 1912, 1213-4

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEDFORD STREET, NO. 042 (R. YOUNG & CO.)
Date: 1915
Nature: Alterations to piano and organ warehouse.
Refs: IB 57, 20 Nov 1915, 506

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CREGAGH ROAD, SHOP & HOUSES (002)
Date: 1915
Nature: Plans being prepared for shop and 2 dwelling houses, for Mr W.J. McCluskey.
Refs: IB 57, 8 May,28 Aug 1915, 221,385

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD (OFF), FACTORY & LAUNDRY
Date: 1915
Nature: Plans prepared fornew hemstitching factory and laundry, for Mr Samuel McCrudden, Dublin Rd. Belfast.
Refs: IB 57, 30 Jan 1915, 57

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DURHAM STREET, CLARENCE FACTORY
Date: 1915
Nature: Additions about to be carried out.
Refs: IB 57, 8 May 1915, 221

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WILSON STREET, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1915
Nature: Alterations, for Mr James Blessington,
Refs: IB 57, 6 Nov 1915, 485

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, YORK ROAD, PICTURE HOUSE
Date: 1915
Nature: CAA preparing plans for new picture palace to accommodate 500.
Refs: IB 57, 7 Jul 1915, 325

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HALLIDAYS ROAD, LYCEUM PICTURE PALACE
Date: 1915-1917
Nature: Plans prepared for new picture palace to accommodate 1,200. Plans passed. Contractor: Isaac Copeland, Newington St. Finished by Jan 1917.
Refs: IB 57, 3 Jun 1915, 306; IB 58, 15 Jan,10 Jun 1916, 33,256; IB 59, 6 Jan 1917, 15 (detailed description).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SHAFTESBURY SQUARE, NO 027
Date: 1916
Nature: Alterations carried out to premises of Henry Porter. Contractor: William Cochrane, Botanic Ave, Belfast.
Refs: IB 58, 11 Nov 1916, 559

Building: CO. DOWN, SAINTFIELD, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1920
Nature: Plans for conversion of existing bldg into masonic hall.
Refs: IB 62, 3 Jul 1920, 446

Building: CO. DOWN, MILLISLE, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1921
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same, Jan 1921. FS laid Apr 1921. Finished Oct 1921. Contractor: Thomas McKee & Sons, Imperial St, Belfast.
Refs: IB 63, 11 Jan,23 Apr,8 Oct 1921, 18,302,666; B 120, 7 Jan 1921, 51

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KING'S ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1923
Nature: Additions & garage, for James Hill. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 65, 1 Dec 1923, 934

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MOUNTPOTTINGER ROAD, STORES
Date: 1923
Nature: Large stores, for Mssrs. A. McGowan & Co. Plans lodged with Corporation.
Refs: IB 65, 10 Mar 1923, 174

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLDPARK ROAD, SHOP & STORE
Date: 1923
Nature: For A.M. Dougan. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 65, 11 Dec 1923, 934

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SOMERTON ROAD, HOUSES (010)
Date: 1923
Nature: 10 semi-detached villas, for Andrew Taggart. Plans approved by Corporation..
Refs: IB 65, 20 Oct 1923, 812

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, THOMPSON STREET, WORKSHOPS
Date: 1923
Nature: Additions, for A. Mcgeown & Co. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 65, 19 May 1923, 380

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY AVENUE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1923
Nature: For James Nelson. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 65, 16 Jun 1923, 464

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, YORK STREET, SHOPS
Date: 1923
Nature: Alterations, for Mssrs. Morrow & Co. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 65, 30 Jun 1923, 504

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BLOOMFIELD AVENUE, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1924
Nature: -
Refs: IB 66, 9 Feb 1924, 102

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CREGAGH AVENUE, SHOPS (002)
Date: 1924
Nature: -
Refs: IB66, 3 May 1924, 398

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GRASMERE GARDENS, HOUSES (006)
Date: 1924
Nature: -
Refs: IB 66, 14 Jun 1924, 533

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, IRWIN AVENUE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1924
Nature: 2 new villas.
Refs: IB 66, 14 Jun 1924, 533

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SYDENHAM AVENUE, HOUSE
Date: 1924
Nature: New villa, for Gordon Rogers.
Refs: IB 65, 3 Nov 1923, 852; IB 66, 3 May 1924, 398

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALBERTVILLE ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: Conversion from house
Refs: IB 67, 30 May 1925, 442

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CLIFTONVILLE AVENUE, HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: New villa.
Refs: IB 67, 30 May 1925, 442

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PASS, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: -
Refs: IB 67, 10 Jan 1925, 26

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DURHAM STREET, SHOP, HOUSE & STORES
Date: 1925
Nature: -
Refs: IB 67, 8 Aug 1925, 649,

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ONSLOW GARDENS, HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: New villa. Plan approved.
Refs: IB 67, 8 Aug 1925, 649

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RUGBY PARADE, HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: New villa.
Refs: IB 67, 5 Sep 1925, 730

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDOWN ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: -
Refs: IB 67, 7 Feb 1925, 105

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, SHOP, HOUSE & BILLIARD HALL
Date: 1926
Nature: Alterations, for Mr J.M. Nelson. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 9,23 Jan 1926, 21,61

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ISTHMUS STREET, STORES
Date: 1926
Nature: For T. Campbell. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 23 Jan 1926, 61

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KNOCK CYCLE CLUB
Date: 1926
Nature: Offices, &c. Plans approved by acting City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 1 May 1926, 354

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTH QUEEN STREET, SPAMOUNT INDEPENDENT (CONGREGATIONAL) CHURCH
Date: 1926
Nature: Gallery, for Trustees of Spament Independent Church. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 9 Jan 1926, 21

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RUGBY ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: Additions to villa, for W.J. Ervine. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 13 Nov 1926, 854

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DEERPARK ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1927
Nature: 2 new houses for J. Elwood. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 28 May 1927, 396

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HAYPARK AVENUE, HOUSE
Date: 1927
Nature: New villa, for Mrs M. Dennison. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 19 Feb 1927, 122

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HAYPARK AVENUE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1927
Nature: 2 villas, for F. Dennison. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 9 Jul 1927, 509

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KITCHENER STREET, HOUSES (022?)
Date: 1927
Nature: 6, 3 and 13 houses for J. (and/or) T. McKee. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 26 Nov,24 Dec 1927, 881, 953

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLDPARK ROAD, SHOP
Date: 1927
Nature: For Mr A.M. Dongan. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 14 May 1927, 358

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RITCHIE STREET, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1927
Nature: 2 new houses for Mr A. Wetherup. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 29 Oct 1927, 801

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CARLISLE CIRCUS, PREMISES
Date: 1928
Nature: Alterations
Refs: IB 70, 27 Oct 1928, 923

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CIRCULAR ROAD NORTH, HOUSE & GARAGE
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 1 Mar 1930, 200

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DEERPARK ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1928
Nature: Additions
Refs: IB 70, 23 Jun 1928, 550

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLD LODGE ROAD, SHOPS
Date: 1928
Nature: Alterations
Refs: IB 70, 15 Sep 1928, 923

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPR (NEAR), SCHOOL
Date: 1928
Nature: Addition
Refs: IB 70, 9 Jun 1928, 504

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLWOOD STREET, STORES
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 27 Oct 1928, 923

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WOODSTOCK ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1928
Nature: Additions
Refs: IB 70, 14 Apr 1928, 381

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENALPIN STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1929
Nature: Additions
Refs: IB 71, 22 Jun 1929, 576

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SHORE ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 22 Jun 1919, 576

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CASTLEREAGH ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 27 Sep 1930, 868; IB 73, 21 Nov 1931, 1015

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CREGAGH ROAD (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSE
Date: 1930
Nature: New house.
Refs: IB 72, 1 Mar 1930, 200

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CLIFTONVILLE ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: Additions
Refs: IB 73, 9 May 1931, 417

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE DRIVE, HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: -
Refs: IB 73, 21 Nov 1931, 1015

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SOMERTON ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: -
Refs: IB 73, 24 Oct 1931, 927

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WOODVALE ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: Additions. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 73, 15 Aug 1931, 725

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DURHAM STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1932
Nature: Alterations, for Joseph McGowan. Plans passed by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 74, 3 Dec 1932, 1091

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BROWN SQUARE, DANCE HALL
Date: 1933
Nature: Alterations, for John Warnock. Plans passed by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 75, 15 Jul 1933, 610

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD (& LINDEN STREET), SHOP & STORES
Date: 1933
Nature: Conversion of house into shop and stores, for Thomas Gallaher. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 75, 16 Dec 1933, 1085

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORANGEFIELD CRESCENT, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1933
Nature: 2 houses for A.M. Holmes. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 75, 28 Jan 1933, 68

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUN LAOGHAIRE, YORK ROAD, FAIRYLAND
Date: 1933-34
Nature: Alts. & adds. and national schools for Christian Brothers (Rev. J.C. Curtin, superior). Contractor: George P. Walsh & Sons.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0306, 0317, 0502

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, EGLINTON STREET (& CRUMLIN ROAD), SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1935
Nature: Conversion
Refs: IB 77, 26 Jan 1935, 73

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LIMESTONE ROAD, SHOWROOM (R. MCWILLIAMS)
Date: 1938
Nature: Conversion.
Refs: IB 80, 22 Jan,2 Apr 1938, 73,282