Ernest Bates

Place of Birth


  • Born: about 1828 at Oldham
  • Baptism: 17 February 1828 at St Peter’s Church, Oldham
  • Married (I): 1857 Ellen Eccles Shorrocks, at St Anne’s Church Sale
  • Married (II): Hannah before 1871
  • Died: 30 August 1877 Kent’s Bank, Lancashire (London Gazette)

Ernest Bates was born about 1828 in Oldham, Lancashire, the son of William Bates a cotton manufacturer and his wife Sally.  He appears to have trained as a civil engineer this being given as his occupation in 1851 when he was living with his brother in Oxford Street London. By 1857 he had returned to Manchester, his marriage to Ellen Eccles Shorrocks, of Ashton-on-Mersey being the first marriage ceremony recorded at St Anne’s Church Sale. In the census of 1861 is occupation was given as civil engineer, architect and farmer of 120 acres, employing five labourers.

1861    Ernest Bates, architect Albert Chambers, Fennel street Manchester
1861    Ernest Bates, architect Albert Chambers Corporation Street Manchester (MG Contracts)
1863    Ernest Bates, architect. 26 Cooper Street Manchester (Slater)
1869    Ernest Bates. 26 Cooper Street, Manchester and 50 Bedford Row, London (MG Contracts)
1871    Ernest Bates, architect, 28 Cooper street, Manchester
1875    Ernest Bates 9 Mount Street Manchester (Manchester Guardian 6 March 1875 Page 9 -Contracts)
1876    Ernest Bates, architect. 9 Mount Street, Manchester (Slater)
1877-8    Ernest Bates Queen's Chambers, John Dalton Street (Slater & London Gazette)

1828    Manchester Street Oldham
1851    Oxford Street, London
1857    Old Trafford
1861    12 Winfield Terrace, Old Trafford (Directory)
1863    12 Richmond Hill, Old Trafford
1871    11, Seymour Grove, Old Trafford (Directory)
1876    15 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford
1877    Kent’s Bank Lancashire (London Gazette, Manchester Guardian)

Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
St Martin’s Church Castleton Moor Rochdale Castleton Moor  Rochdale  GMCA  England
India Mill Darwen   Darwen  Lancashire  England
Chimney to India Mill Darwen   Darwen  Lancashire  England
The Priory Windermere   Windermere  Cumbria  England
Prestwich Union Offices Cheetham Hill Road Cheetham Cheetham  Manchester  GMCA  England
Independent Chapel. Sale Sale  Trafford  GMCA  England
Manchester District School for Orphan and Necessitous Children of Warehousemen and Clerks Cheadle Hulme  Stockport  GMCA  England
House at Grange, Newton in Cartmel Grange-over-Sands  Newton in Cartmel  Cumbria  England
Sidway House Hilton Park Prestwich Hilton Park  Prestwich  GMCA  England
North Lodge Hilton Park Prestwich Hilton Park  Prestwich  GMCA  England
Villa Residence Hilton Park Prestwich Hilton Park  Prestwich  GMCA  England
Large Detached House with Stables and Outbuildings Marple   Marple  GMCA  England
House at Middleton   Middleton  GMCA  England
House at Over Darwen   Over Darwen  Lancashire  England
Villa at Croydon   Croydon  Greater London  England
Chapel and Schools Edge Lane Stretford   Stretford  GMCA  England
Enlargements: Independent Chapel The Downs Bowdon   Bowdon  GMCA  England
Re-building Town Hall High Street Nantwich Cheshire   Nanrwich  Cheshire  England
House at Higher Broughton Higher Broughton  Salford  GMCA  England
Schools Portland Grove Fallowfield Fallowfield  Manchester  GMCA  England
Detached House at Urmston Urmston  Manchester  GMCA  England
Warehouse Southwark Street Borough Borough  London  Greater London  England
“Race Hill” Dunham Road Dunham Massey   Dunham Massey  GMCA  England
73-75 Princess Street Manchester   Manchester  GMCA  England
Town Hall Wolverhampton   Wolverhampton  GMCA  England
Alterations: Manchester School for the Deaf and Dumb Old Trafford Old Trafford  Manchester  GMCA  England
Schools in connection with St George’s Church Hulme Hulme  Manchester  GMCA  England
Alterations. Hanover Chapel Stockport   Stockport  GMCA  England
South Chapel: Church of St Lawrence Biddulph   Biddulph  Staffordshire  England
Wesleyan Chapel, Kents Bank Road, Grange over Sands   Grange over Sands  Cumbria  England
Paper Mills Ordsall Lane Salford Ordall  Salford  GMCA  England