Francis Edson Drury

Place of Birth
Manchester London

  • Born: 25 January 1878 at Keighley
  • Died: 19 November 1950 at Orpington, Kent

Francis Edson Drury was born on 25 January 1878 at Keighley Yorkshire and was employed initially as a builder’s clerk. He became a well-known teacher of building and civil engineering and a partner in the firm of Drury and Gomersall, architects, of Oxford Road, Manchester. He was head of the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at Salford Technical College from 1913 to 1920 and occupied a similar post at Manchester College of Technology from 1920 to 1927. He lectured on building subjects at Manchester University and in 1927 became principal of the School of Building at Brixton. He was the author of many textbooks on architectural subjects, those on building construction becoming standard works. Despite his long association with Joseph Gomersall, he appears to have taken no active role in the practice. In June 1946 he was awarded an OBE.

Francis Edison Drury died suddenly on 19 November 1950, at his residence, Homecroft, 142 Crofton Road, Orpington, Kent, and was cremated at South London Crematorium Stretham Vale, being survived by his wife Bertha.

Death Notice: The Times Tuesday 21 November 1950 Page 1 Column A
Obituary: Manchester Guardian Monday 20 November 1950 Page 3 Column 4


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Drury and Gomersall Architectural practice 1923 1956 Manchester