John Howison
Born 1 November 1810 Redmarshall, Co. Durham
Died 25 May 1888 Edinburgh
Nationality English
Occupation Architect

Born near Stockton in Co. Durham, he married Isabella Matilda Pickering on 7 January 1847. He worked in the private sector and was supervising the construction of the High-Level Bridge, Newcastle for Robert Stephenson when he succeeded Ignatius Bonomi as the Durham County Bridge Surveyor in 1850. He was chosen from 65 applicants and immediately prepared a rolling programme for repairs to the County’s bridges. In his first two years he was charged with negligence twice over bridge work. A further problem occurred in 1856 when an accident led to two men being killed.

Despite of these professional difficulties he was appointed County Surveyor for Northumberland in 1856. In both appointments he was able to take on private commissions and most of his known designs are for Churches.

He served on the council of the Northern Architectural Association 1862-3. He moved to Edinburgh on his retirement from public office where he continued to practice privately.

Buildings and Designs
Start Date Title Location
1851 The Gaol (extensions) Durham City
1852 Female Penitentiary Durham City
1854 St. Hild’s College Durham City
1854 Holy Trinity Church Berwick upon Tweed
1856 Over Dinsdale Bridge Co. Durham
1857 St. Mary’s Church Berwick upon Tweed
1858 Police Station Blaydon. Co. Durham
1860 St. Mary’s Church Lindisfarne, Holy Island
1861 Mechanics Institute Haltwhistle
1862 Derwent River Bridge Ebchester, Co. Durham
1862 St. John the Evangelist Spittal, Northumberland
1863 Police Station Newbiggen, Northumberland
1864 All Saints Chapel, Asylum Cottingham, East Yorkshire
1866 Hole Trinity Church Berwick upon Tweed
1866 National School Edlingham, Northumberland
1868 St. Anne’s Vicarage Ancroft, Northumberland
1869 Manse Portobello, Edinburgh
1877 St. John the Baptist Croglin, Cumbria


St. Hild College, Durham


Portobello Manse, Edinburgh


St. John the Baptist, Croglin, Cumbria