Thomas Ellis Owen

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Thomas Ellis Owen
  • St Jude's Church
  • Portland Terrace
  • Eastern Parade
  • Portsea Island survey
Mayor of Portsmouth
In office
Preceded byGeorge John Scale
Succeeded byBenjamin Bramble
In office
Preceded byWilliam Grant Chambers
Succeeded byWilliam Humby
Personal details
Born(1805-03-11)March 11, 1805
DiedDecember 11, 1862(1862-12-11) (aged 57)

Thomas Ellis Owen (1805 – 1862) was an English architect and developer responsible for many of the buildings that still exist in Southsea and Gosport. He designed many churches in Hampshire and some of his work that still stands today can be found in Shropshire, Dorset and Pembrokeshire.

Owen was born in Middlesex, the son of Jacob Owen, who worked for the Royal Engineers Ordnance Department in Portsmouth.[1] He trained as an architect and, although his architecture was probably influenced by John Nash, Owen had a lighter touch that belonged more to his Georgian roots than the Victorian times he mainly practiced in.

Owen was instrumental in shaping the development of Southsea during the middle part of the 19th century, developing it from poorly drained farmland into a garden suburb.[2] He designed and built 106 villas and 54 terrace houses in Southsea, including Queens Terrace, Beach Road, Portland Terrace, and Eastern Parade. In addition, he designed a range of commercial, religious, and civic buildings, including St Jude's Church in central Southsea.

In addition to his work as an architect and developer, Owen was a prominent civic figure. He became Mayor of Portsmouth twice (in 1847 and 1862)[1] and also served as a magistrate. A fuller account of his life can be found in Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, 'Father of Southsea'

In 2010 a statue of Owen was unveiled, located near the University Library, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Discover the story of Thomas Ellis Owen, architect and developer of Southsea". Portsmouth in Hampshire. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  2. ^ a b "Sculpture recalls Southsea founder Thomas Ellis Owen". BBC News. December 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2020.

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