Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Frank Brookhouse Dunkerley

I thought we’d have a look today at the work of the Manchester Architect, F. B. Dunkerley and the work he did for the Manchester and Salford Refuges and Homes.

Children’s Shelter, Chatham Street, 1910

Frank Brookhouse Dunkerley was born in 1868 in Timperley, Greater Manchester. He designed various buildings for the charity including the Children’s Shelter on Chatham Street, Manchester in 1910, the Belmont Homes (Crossley, Gaddum, Hayes and Shaw) 1923-1925 and the Sanatorium, 1927, all in Cheadle. Frank was involved in many architectural partnerships during his career most notably; Waddington, Son & Dunkerley who designed the Northern Assurance Building in Albert Square and the "Daily Mail" building in Deansgate, Manchester, and Dunkerley and Taylor who specialised in Churches (including St. Andrew’s on Cheadle Road).
It is likely his involvement with the charity stemmed from family connections. Dunkerley was the brother-in-law of Harry Gaddum, and got involved with a lot of the charitable work that Harry did at the beginning of the twentieth century. In fact he took over as president of the District Provident and Charity Organisation Society after Harry's death in 1940.

Designs for Belmont Cottage Homes
As well as designing the aforesaid buildings Frank and his wife also made regular donations to the charity. His brother William C. Dunkerley was a member of the committee from the end of the First World War until 1924, when his position was taken by his wife.

Support for the charity came from all different areas from people with all different skills. Our Members and Trustees today follow the same pattern. These individuals voluntarily offer support, varying expertise and donations to allow the charity to continue to help those who need our services.


  1. Further to F.B. Dunkerley's charitable work he was the Chair of Governors at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys from its opening in 1912.

  2. Frank Dunkerley designed the wonderful arts and crafts house called Meadowlands at Mere, now the Mere Court Hotel


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