Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Charlemont, Co Armagh. In The Builder of 7 Aug 1875 there is an announcement of the death of James Hughes, architect, 'at his residence, Charlemont', at the age of forty-eight, which notes that 'the deceased was an architect of ability' with 'several ecclesiastical structures, and other buildings' to his credit.(1) James Hughes is probably the 'Mr Hughes' credited with the design of the Catholic church at Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, in 1851.(2) He appears to be the same person as the James Hughes, who was active as a building contractor in Cos. Armagh and Tyrone in the late 1860s. This James Hughes was responsible for carrying out additions to Moy church to designs by WILLIAM JOSEPH BARRE  WILLIAM JOSEPH BARRE in 1867, which were completed by Barre's former assistant CHARLES A. SHERRY  CHARLES A. SHERRY in 1868,(3) and for new public offices in Russell Street, Armagh, in 1869.(4)

According to Hugh Dixon, the architect named Hughes who practised with Sherry circa 1868 as Sherry & Hughes, was named ROBERT HUGHES. ROBERT HUGHES. (5)



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(1) B 30, p. 720.
(2) P.J. Geraghty, A Heritage in Stone: the life and career of architect John Murray (1994), 48.
(3) For references to Hughes the contractor, described variously as of Newry (1865) and Caledon 1868) see DB 7, ? ? 1865, 82; IB 10, 1 May,15 Jun 1868, 117,157; 11, 15 Dec 1869, 285; contract drawings for adds. to Moy church and for furnishings to Killyman church both signed by James Hughes are in RCB, 2B.
(4) IB 11, 15 Mar 1869, 71.
(5) Notes in the Monuments and Buldings Record of Northern Ireland, cited by C.E.B Brett, Buildings of County Armagh (UAHS, 1999), 114.


2 work entries listed in chronological order for HUGHES, JAMES


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Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CASTLEBLAYNEY, YORK STREET, CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: 1851-1856
Nature: Designed by 'Mr Hughes'. Pointed Gothic. Cost approx. £2,500. Completed 1856. Dedicated 5 Nov 1861.
Refs: Dundalk Democrat, 9 &/or 19 Oct 1861; DB 3, 1 Nov 1861, 666; P.J. Geraghty, A Heritage in Stone: the life and career of architect John Murray (1994), 48;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 232.

Building: CO. ARMAGH, ARMAGH, RUSSELL STREET, POST OFFICE & INCOME TAX OFFICE
Date: 1868-69
Nature: New. Tenders invited, Nov 1868. Designed and/or built by JH of Charlemont. Clerk of Works: McCutcheon.
Refs: Armagh Guardian, 20 Nov 1868.IB 11, 15 Mar 1869, 71