George Corson

George Corson (1829–1910) was a Scottish architect active in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.


He was born in Dumfries, where he was articled to Walter Newall before moving to Leeds in 1849 to work with his brother William Reid Corson who was working there with Edward La Trobe Bateman. His brother left Leeds in 1860, leaving Corson in charge of the practice.[1]

In Leeds he was president of the Leeds and Yorkshire Architectural Association by 1898.[2]


Corson was responsible for many buildings in Leeds including:[3]

  • the Grand Theatre (1877–78), with his assistant James Robinson Watson - Grade II* listed
  • the municipal buildings (1878–84) - Grade II* listed, now housing the Leeds Central Library.[4]
  • an extension (1891–92) to George Gilbert Scott's Grade I listed Leeds General Infirmary
  • Apsley House (formerly Concourse House) (1903) - originally a drapers and haberdashery warehouse for Crowe & Co and now occupied by Sky Sports
  • many large houses in Headingley including the Grade II* listed Spenfield
  • St Edmund's Church, Roundhay, Leeds, designed 1873.[5]
  • Bewerley Street School, Bewerley Street, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, designed 1872.[6]
  • St Silas National School, Goodman Street, Hunslet, designed 1872.[7]
  • Additions and alterations to Ripon Grammar School, designed 1875.[8]
  • Leeds School of Medicine, Park Street, inaugurated 1865.[9]
Leeds School Board Blue Plaque

Roundhay Park and Lawnswood CemeteryEdit

Corson won a competition for the landscaping of Roundhay Park in 1873,[10] and in 1874 designed the layout and many of the buildings of Lawnswood cemetery, where he himself was buried in 1910. His gravestone, a celtic cross with five bosses, is grade II listed, one of only four listed memorials at Lawnswood.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Dictionary of Scottish Architects". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  2. ^ Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, Friday 09 December 1898 p10: "Manchester Society of Architects"
  3. ^ Wrathmell, Susan; John Minnis (2005). Leeds. Pevsner architectural guides. Yale U.P. ISBN 0-300-10736-6.
  4. ^ Leeds Mercury, 12 April 1884, p3 col1: Leeds Municipal Buildings
  5. ^ Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Saturday 25 January 1873 p2: "St Edmund's Church Leeds"
  6. ^ Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Tuesday 13 February 1872 p1: "Leeds School Board, Bewerley Street School"
  7. ^ Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Saturday 09 March 1872 p8: "St Silas National School"
  8. ^ Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Saturday 21 August 1875 p7: "Ripon Grammar School"
  9. ^ Leeds Intelligencer, Saturday 07 October 1865 p6: "Leeds School of Medicine, inaugural address and soiree"
  10. ^ Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Friday 05 September 1873 p3: "The Rounhay Park Designs" His tender and a description of his design
  11. ^ Historic England. "Gravestone of George Corson at NGR 2688 3916 (1375318)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Grade II listed memorials". Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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