Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect, for biography of whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008), 480-482. In Ireland Hardwick designed the county gaol in Galway city in 1802,(1) erected in 1808-9 under the supervision of  RICHARD MORRISON. RICHARD MORRISON. (2) He exhibited his design at the Royal Academy in 1803.(3) He is presumably the Mr Hardwick who submitted plans for Sligo County Gaol in 1814; these were rejected.(4) One of his sketchbooks contains a 'General Plan for the House & Offices of Wm. Newport, Esq., at Belmont in Ireland'.(5)

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(1) APSD 14, H, 21.
(2) J. Hardiman, History of the town and county of …Galway (1820), 300,302.
(3) No. 895: 'A design for a gaol to be built in Ireland'.
(4) NA/SPO 558/423/33 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(5) Information from Howard Colvin in letter to Maurice Craig of 23 Apr 1975; William Newport owned a house at Belmont, Co. Waterford.

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Date: 1802;1808-9
Nature: Act for building new gaol passed in 1 Apr 1802. Site acquired on Nuns' Island for £664.7s.6d. Designed by Hardwick and carried out under supervision of Richard Morrison in 1808-9. Opened Dec 1810. APSD says design based on William Blackburn's Gloucester County Gaol. (D.A. Beaufort Journal 1808 (p.88) says that both county and city gaols were designed by Richard Morrison. 'The plan is said to have been taken from York gaol, but greatly improved by Mr Morrison, whose great taste is well known in this county;  it was entirely finished under his inspection and cost about £27,000.' (Dutton)
Refs: RA 1803, No. 895: 'A design for a gaol to be built in Ireland'; James Hardiman, History of the town and county of …Galway (1820), 300,302-3; Hely Dutton, A Statistical and agricultural survey of the county of Galway  (1824), ? (Section 11);  APSD 14, H, 21; J; The Mantle I (1958)

Date: 1814
Nature: 'Mr Hardwick' submits design, which was not adopted.
Refs: NA/SPO 558/423/33 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44).

Date: ?
Nature: Proposed house with 5-bay front (6 bays at rere) and 5-bay side pavilions with pedimented central bay joined to main house by curved quadrant.
Refs: Undated 'General Plan for the House & Offices of Wm. Newport, Esq., at Belmont in Ireland' in a sketchbook by TH (information from Howard Colvin in letters to Maurice Craig, 23 Apr,2 May 1975, in IAA, Maurice Craig collection, Acc. 2000/92)