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Charles Henry Holden

Charles Henry Holden was an architect and designer active in the early-20th century. He was born on 12 May 1875 at Great Lever, Bolton, Lancashire, England, the youngest of five children of Joseph Holden, draper and milliner, and his wife, Ellen Bolton.

Holden was educated at Manchester School of Art (1893–4) and Manchester Technical School (1894–6) and is especially noted for his designs for the London Underground as well as for his many prominent civic buildings, particularly in London and in Bristol, cemeteries and war memorials.

Holden died at his home, which he had himself designed and where he had tended a much-loved garden, at 87 Harmer Green Lane, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England on 1 May 1960.


Hutton, Charles, ‘Holden, Charles Henry (1875–1960)’, rev. Alan Crawford, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, online edn, Oct 2007) <> [accessed 24 July 2008]

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