John Shaw junior

Landscape architect
Place of Birth
Brook's Bar, Manchester
  • Birth date            1850-1851 at Brooks’s Bar, Moss Side
  • Married                Ellen Laurine * (born Ipswich) 1871-1881
  • Death date          after 1923?

The eldest son of John Shaw senior (qv) and his wife, Sarah, was born at Moss Side in 1850-51 and moved to Bowdon with his family about 1859. John Shaw junior trained in horticulture, first at Chiswick and later at Kew. He commenced on his own account in 1876 at which time he appears to have severed all links with Stamford Nurseries. Fellow R.H.S. - Elected 1890 [RHS Journal 9 December 1890 page clxvii] although it is claimed that he was elected to the to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1874, at the age of twenty-three

In 1890 he submitted designs for his only known major scheme, the laying out of a park at Burnley and was awarded joint first place. However, it is not known which scheme was progressed.

BURNLEY PARK. —Amongst those invited to send in designs for laying out the Park at Burnley was Mr. John Shaw, landscape gardener, The Downs, Bowdon. There were originally twelve sets of plans, but these were reduced to three. Two of these were considered of equal merit, and it was decided to divide the two prizes amongst them, giving each man £12 10s. They bore the mottos of “Health” and "Sylvander," which were ascertained to have been sent in by Mr. Robert Murray, of Offerton, Stockport; and Mr. John Shaw, of Bowdon, Cheshire, respectively. Both were beautiful specimens of workmanship, and either would make both a picturesque and well-adapted park.

In the 1890s John Shaw junior was advertising himself as a Landscape Architect although works were mainly restricted to domestic gardens. Out of a total of sixteen competitors, John Junior's design was selected for the layout of the grounds of Parklands next to Dunham Park, at the junction of Dunham Road and Charcoal Road. He also laid out the gardens of Highcroft, Park Road, the residence of J.R. Oliver.  

LANDSCAPE GARDENING, Rock-work Ferneries, constructed and carried out experienced men; plans and estimates submitted. — JOHN SHAW, landscape architect and valuer, Bowdon. [Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 7 May 1892 page 1]

 His subsequent career appears less successful, such that in the 1911 census he was described as a jobbing gardener.  Records cease after 1914.

1851    Moss Side
1861    Altrincham
1871    Dunham Massey
1881    Bowden
1891    10 The Downs, Bowden
1892    John Shaw, landscape architect and valuer, Bowdon (directory)
1901    Oxford Road, Altrincham
1902    John Shaw, seedsman, 6 Ashley Road, Altrincham
1905    John Shaw, landscape gardener Ramsey Terrace, Stamford Park Road, Altrincham (MEN 26 April 1905 page 1)
1911    John Shaw, jobbing gardener, Altrincham (census)
1914    John Shaw landscape gardener, 50 Lloyd Street, Altrincham (Altrincham Directory)