George Frederick Bodley (14 March 1827 – 21 October 1907) was an English RA Gothic Revival architect. He was a pupil of Sir George Gilbert Scott, and worked in partnership with Thomas Garner for much of his career. He was one of the founders of Watts & Co.
Bodley was the youngest son of William Hulme Bodley, M.D. of Edinburgh, physician at
Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, who in 1838 retired to his wife's home town, Brighton, Sussex, England. George's eldest brother, the Rev. W.H. Bodley, became a well-known Roman Catholic preacher and a professor at St Mary's College, New Oscott, Birmingham.
He married Minna F.H. Reavely, daughter of Thomas George Wood Reavely, at
Kinnersley Castle in 1872. They had a son, George H. Bodley, born in 1874.
Blue plaque on Harley Street, London
Bodley was articled to the architect Sir
George Gilbert Scott, a relative by marriage, under whose influence he became imbued with the spirit of the Gothic revival, and he became known as the chief exponent of 14th century English Gothic, and the leading ecclesiastical architect in England. He is regarded as the leader of the resurgence of interest in English and  Northern European late-medieval design. Noted for his pioneering design work in the Queen Anne revival, 
Bodley became acquainted with
William Morris in the late 1850s, and in the 1860s his commissions for stained glass and ecclesiastical decoration helped ensure the success of Morris's firm, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., founded in 1861. Bodley is said to have designed two of Morris's early wallpapers. By the late 1860s Bodley had become disenchanted with Morris, and for stained glass turned to the firm of Burlison and Grylls, founded in 1868, for the glass in his later churches, notably St Augustine's Church, Pendlebury, near Manchester (designed 1870) and the Church of the Holy Angels, Hoar Cross in Staffordshire (designed 1871-72). Bodley worked with his lifelong friend, the stained glass designer Charles Eamer Kempe. They collaborated on projects including: St John the Baptist, Tuebrook in Liverpool; Queens' College Chapel, Cambridge; All Saints, Danehill, East Sussex and The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. His alterations to St Stephen's Church,  Gloucester Road, London, the architect and president of RIBA, Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel said tamed the work of its founding 'rogue' Victorian architect, Joseph Peacock. 
Partnership with Thomas Garner
From 1869 he worked in a twenty-eight year partnership with
Thomas Garner, designing collegiate buildings in Oxford and Cambridge, country houses and churches throughout the British Isles. One cathedral was completed to his design: St David's Cathedral, Hobart in Tasmania, Australia (first design, 1865; revised 1891; building completed 1936). In 1906 Bodley designed with his pupil Henry Vaughan the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.. He also provided a design for Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, but it was not used.
As well as Vaughan, Bodley and Garner's pupils included the garden designer
Inigo Thomas who specialised in formal gardens with geometrical plans in 17th and 18th century styles, which suited the houses that Bodley and Garner renovated for wealthy clients.
In 1874 Bodley founded
Watts & Co. with Garner and George Gilbert Scott Jr. 
His secular work included the
London School Board offices, and in collaboration with Garner, the new buildings at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Hewell Grange, Worcestershire (for Lord Windsor).
Liverpool Cathedral competition
In 1902 Bodley was an assessor for the competition to design
Liverpool Cathedral which selected a design by the young Giles Gilbert Scott. When construction of the cathedral began in 1904, Bodley was appointed to oversee Gilbert Scott's work, but had no direct part in its design.
One of Bodley's final architectural works was the chapel at
Bedford School, the foundation stone of which was laid on 18 May 1907 by Lord St John of Bletso. Building took a year, the chapel was consecrated in July 1908, but by which time Bodley had died. The other was the Saint Chad's parish church, Burton-on-Trent. Work started in 1905 and the church was consecrated in 1910. After Bodley's death his partner Cecil Greenwood Hare took over the project; his contribution was the design of an octagonal choir vestry.
Bodley exhibited at the
Royal Academy from 1854. He was elected an associate of the academy in 1881 and a full academician in 1902.
As well as being an architect, he was a
draughtsman, a connoisseur of art, published a volume of poems in 1899, inspired art works by painters such as John Melhuish Strudwick and designed wallpaper and chintzes for Watts & Co. He served as prime warden of the  Fishmongers' Company in 1901-02. In early life he had been in close alliance with the Pre-Raphaelites, and he did a great deal to improve public taste in domestic decoration and furniture. 
Bodley died on 21 October 1907 at
Water Eaton, Oxfordshire and is buried in the churchyard of St James' parish church, Kinnersley, Herefordshire.
The Church of All Saints, Selsley
The Church of the Holy Angels, Hoar Cross
St Mary's Church, Eccleston
Alternative exterior view of All Saints', Cambridge
St John the Baptist Church, Tue Brook
St Alban's Church, Sneinton, Nottingham
St Matthew's Church, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
St Peter's in Eastgate, Lincoln, is the combined work of three eminent architects - nave and chancel by Sir
Arthur Blomfield (1870), south aisle by Temple Moore (1914) and the chancel decoration by Bodley (1884).
1854-56 Christ Church, Long Grove, Herefordshire (now named
Llangrove) 1854-58 St John the Baptist Church, Dimmelsdale,
France Lynch, Gloucestershire 1855
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Brighton, Sussex 1857-74 St Salvador's Church,
Dundee, Scotland 1860-68
All Saints' Church, Selsley, Gloucestershire 1861-62
St Martin on the Hill, Scarborough, Yorkshire 1861-65
St Wilfrid's Church, Haywards Heath, Sussex 1861-66 St Stephen's Church,
St Peter Port, Guernsey with Benjamin Ferrey
1862 St Mary & St Mary Magdalene's Church, Brighton ( demolished 1963) 1863-70
All Saints' Church, Jesus Lane, Cambridge 1865-71 St Simon's Church,
St Helier, Jersey 1867-70
Church of Saint John the Baptist, Liverpool 1867-74 All Saints' Church, Falsgrave,
Scarborough, Yorkshire 1868-70
Church of Saint John the Baptist, Liverpool 1868-1936
St David's Cathedral, Hobart
1871-73 St Michael's Church, Folkestone, Kent with Thomas Garner (now demolished) 1871
St Augustine's Church, Pendlebury near Manchester, Lancashire with Thomas Garner 1872
Church of the Holy Angels, Hoar Cross, Staffordshire with Thomas Garner 1874
St John the Divine, Kennington, London (interior) 1879-85
St Michael's Church, Camden Town, London with Thomas Garner 1880-86
St German's Church, Roath, Cardiff with Thomas Garner 1885-86
St Alban's Church, Sneinton, Nottinghamshire with Thomas Garner 1886
Marlborough College chapel with Thomas Garner 1886-89 The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
1887-95 St Saviour's Church,
Splott, Cardiff with Thomas Garner 1889-92 Ascension Church,
Woodlands, Dorset with Thomas Garner 1889-92 St Mary of Eton Church,
Hackney Wick, London with Thomas Garner 1891
Queens' College chapel, Cambridge 1892-93 St Mary's Church,
Horbury, Yorkshire with Thomas Garner 1892-94 St Luke's Church, Warrington, Lancashire with Thomas Garner
1892-95 St Aidan's Church,
Skelmanthorpe, Yorkshire with Thomas Garner 1894-95
Holy Innocents Church, South Norwood 1894-1902 St John the Evangelist,
Iffley Road, Oxford 1897 St Matthew's Church
Chapel Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire 1898-1902 All Saints' Church,
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset 1899
St Mary's Church, Eccleston, Cheshire 1899
St Bride's Church, Glasgow, Scotland 1901
Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London with Cecil Greenwood Hare 1901 Mission Church,
Hadley End, Staffordshire 1901-10 St Boniface's Church,
Chandler's Ford, Hampshire 1903-04 St Aidan's Church,
1903-04 St Edward's Church, Holbeck, Leeds (demolished 1984) 1903-10
St Chad's Church, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire with Cecil Greenwood Hare 1905 St Faith's Church,
Brentford, London with Cecil Greenwood Hare 1905-06 The Paraclete Church,
Hom Green, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire 1906-07
Bedford School chapel 1907 Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., United States, with Henry Vaughan
Church repairs, alterations and furnishings 1859-63 St James' Church,
Bicknor, Kent: new vestry, porch and roof, reseating and repairs to walls 1863-65 All Saints' Church,
Coddington, Nottinghamshire: rebuild 1864-65 St James' Church,
Wigmore, Herefordshire: repairs 1866-69 St Michael & All Angels Church,
Kingsland, Herefordshire: repairs 1868-70 St Mary's Church,
Almeley, Herefordshire, with Thomas Garner: repairs 1868-70 St Nicholas's Church,
South Kilworth, Leicestershire: repairs 1870-71 St Mary the Virgin,
Barnsley, Yorkshire: repairs 1870-73 St Michael's Church,
Lyonshall, Herefordshire: repairs 1871-72 St Mark's Church,
Bilton, Warwickshire, with Thomas Garner: new north aisle, transept and organ chamber, with reseating, reflooring and general repairs to roofs and walls 1871-72
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire: repairs 1871-72 St Laurence's Church,
Rowington, Warwickshire, with Thomas Garner: repairs 1873
St Swithun's Church, East Retford Nottinghamshire: Chantry chapel rebuilt 1873-75
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Plumtree, Nottinghamshire, with Thomas Garner: decoration and new organ case 1873-79 St Michael's Church,
Shalbourne, Berkshire, with Thomas Garner, new south aisle: reseating and general restoration 1874
St Helen's Church, Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire: new chancel and repairs 1874-78 St Peter & St Paul's Church,
Langham, Rutland, with Thomas Garner: repairs to roof, walls, tower and belfry 1876-79 St Laurence's Church,
Oxhill, Warwickshire, with Thomas Garner: repairs 1876-88
St Wilfrid's Church, Hickleton, Yorkshire 1880 St Swithen's Church,
Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire 1880-83
St Laurence's Church, Frodsham, with Thomas Garner: restoration 1881-84 All Saints' Church,
Nettleham, Lincolnshire, with Thomas Garner: new vestry and organ chamber, rebuilding and enlargement of chancel, rebuilding of porch and general repairs 1882-90 All Saints' Church,
Bedworth, Warwickshire, with Thomas Garner: rebuild 1884
St Mary's Church, Clifton, Nottinghamshire 1885
St Michael's Church, Kirk Langley, Derbyshire, with Thomas Garner: restoration  1886-88 St Manakneu's Church,
Lanreath, Cornwall, with Thomas Garner: repairs 1889-91 St Giles' Church,
Mountnessing, Essex, with Thomas Garner: new vestry/organ chamber, four new nave windows, reseating and general repairs to roof and walls 1889-92 St John the Baptist Church,
Epping, Essex, with Thomas Garner: rebuild 1890
St John the Divine, Kennington, London (interior) 1890
St Mary's Church, Nottingham (chapter house) 1890 St Saviour's Church, Ellerby Road,
Leeds: addition of Pusey chapel. 1890-99 St Andrew's Church,
Chelmondiston, Suffolk, with Thomas Garner: enlargement 1891-1905 All Saints' Church,
St Paul's Walden, Hertfordshire, with Thomas Garner: new vestry, new west window in south aisle, reseating and general repairs to roof and walls 1892 Holy Trinity Church,
Markbeech, Kent: new chancel 1892
St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge: new chancel, rood screen and reredos 1895 St Martin's Church,
Womersley, Yorkshire: rood screen and loft, nave and chancel roof decoration 1897
St George in the Meadows, Nottingham: added chancel 1898
St Bartholomew's Church, Wilmslow: clerestory added to chancel 1898-1903
Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford: refurbishment of main tower 1898-1905 St Bartholomew's Church,
Reading, Berkshire: new chancel, north chapel, vestry and chapel at east end of south aisle 1898-1905
St Paul's Church, Bedford: reorder chancel, restore choir stalls and new rood screen 1899-1901
All Saints' Church, East Horndon, Essex: repairs 1899-1904
St Carantoc's Church, Crantock, Cornwall, with Edmund Harold Sedding: repairs 1900-01 St Nicholas' Church,
Little Bowden, Northamptonshire: repairs 1901 St Peter's Church,
Hartshorne, Derbyshire: enlargement 1901 St Mary's Church,
Whitkirk, Leeds: rebuilt 1902-05 St Mary the Virgin,
Barton Mills, Suffolk: repairs 1903-04 Christ Church,
Mold Green, Kirkheaton, Yorkshire: new chancel, vestry & organ chamber 1904
St Bartholomew's Church, Elvaston repairs and rebuilding of the chancel 1905-07 St Nicholas' Church,
Skirbeck, Lincolnshire: new vestries, organ chamber and porches, several new windows, rebuilding of chancel, reseating and general repairs 1906
Church of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Souldern: dismantled and rebuilt bell tower and tower arch 1906 Holy Angels Church, Lilliput Road,
Poole, Dorset: rood screen, choir stalls and organ case 1907
St Barnabas Church, Hove: reredos 1907-09
All Saints Church, Kedleston: north aisle St Paul's, Burton upon Trent: alterations
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