Arthur Wellesley Woolley

Place of Birth

  • Birth date            14 March 1815
  • Christened          15 May 1815 at the Unitarian Church, Manchester
  • Marriage              Augusta Jemima Cooper (1820-1885) on 21 October 1843 at St James, Manchester
  • Death date          Jan-March 1872, Manchester


Arthur Wellesley Woolley was born on 13 March 1815, the son of George Woolley and Hannah (nee Scarfe). His father was a successful cotton spinner and manufacturer with a warehouse at Bridgewater Place, High Street and a mill in Ancoats; the family were Unitarians, members of the Cross Street Chapel.

By 1837 he had commenced architectural practice with an office at 86 King Street, Manchester, but the few references to his activities in the local press indicate that he was acting principally as an estate agent. The last such entry occurs in March 1840 and while he is included as an architect in the Trades Directory of 1841 it would appear that he had given up the practice of architecture at this point of time. By 1845 the directory and London Gazette entries suggest that he was in business as a cotton spinner and manufacturer.

1837    86 King Street, Manchester
1838    Arthur Woolley architect and surveyor 28 Princess Street
1841    Arthur Wellesley Woolley, architect and surveyor, 28 Princess Street [Pigot & Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1841]
1840    A W Woolley. Architect, 1 Essex Street Manchester
1853    Arthur W Woolley, cotton spinner and manufacturer, Jordan Street, Knot Mill

1841    93 Great Jackson Street Hulme Manchester
1853    20 Carter Street,  Greenheys
1861    8 Clarence Street Lower Broughton
1871    Fairy Lane, Cheetham

Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
New Building with patent roof, Tasle Street, Manchester Central  Manchester  GMCA  England