Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder, of Dublin.   Thomas Wildridge may be the person of the same name who  was admitted to the Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture in 1865.(1)   According to his fellow tradesmen, writing in 1834,(2) he had been in business circa 1800, had employed thirty men, built 'most of Blackhall St [and] a great part of Harcourt St all his own property' and died wealthy. His will of 23 December 1819 was proved in the Prerogative Court.(3)  He was presumably related to Hugh Wildridge of North Strand, a builder who had employed eight men and had also died wealthy.(4) 

Addresses:(5)   27 Queen Street, 1791-1795; 14 Harcourt Street, 1801-1804; 18 Harcourt Street,1811-1813.


(1) Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 100.
(2) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31; this manuscript is a copy of a report presented to Daniel O'Connell in 1834 to support the argument for repealing the Act of Union by describing the catastrophic impact the Act had had on the tradesmen of Dublin.
(3) Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 (Eneclann CD-ROM), Document ID 68773.
(4) See note 2, above.
(5) From Wilson's Dublin Directory.