Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Building contractor, of North Strand,(1) Dublin, active at the end of the eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth. James Lever came to Ireland from England, having been born in Manchester circa 1771.(2) He married Judith Candler in Ireland circa 1800;(3) the couple's third son was the writer Charles Lever (1806-1872). He was admitted a freeman of the city of Dublin as a member of the Guild of Carpenters by Grace Especial at Easter 1806.(4) He is said to have been highly regarded by FRANCIS JOHNSTON  FRANCIS JOHNSTON with whom he was associated in the building of St Andrew's Church, St George's Church, and the General Post Office. According to Craig, Lever had earlier worked for Gandon on the Custom House.(5) He died a wealthy man in 1833 or 1834.(6)



Address:  Amiens Street; North Strand.(7)



References

All information in this entry is from a note on James and Charles Lever in IB 70, 31 Mar 1928, ?.

(1) M. Craig, Dublin 1660-1860 (lst edition, 1952) 240 says that the house was Charles Lever was born in 1806 was in Amiens Street, where the station now stands; the writer of the obituary of Charles Lever in B 30, 15 Jun 1872, 471, claimed to remember 'the spot, nearly opposite to the terminus of the Dublin & Drogheda Railway, where his father's yard stood…many years since…swept away by modern building improvements'.
(2) www.familysearch.org gives the date of his death as 1833, but in Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31, his fellow tradesmen describe him as alive and wealthy in 1834.
(3) See note 1, above.
(4) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 80.
(5) See note 1, above.
(6) See note 2, above.
(7) See note 2, above.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: JL one of the contractors.
Refs: M. Craig, Dublin 1660-1860 (lst edition, 1952) 240

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HARDWICKE PLACE, ST GEORGE'S CHURCH (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: JL employed in building same.
Refs: IB 70, 31 Mar 1928, ?

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET LOWER, GENERAL POST OFFICE
Date: ?
Nature: JL employed in building same.
Refs: IB 70, 31 Mar 1928, ?

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ST ANDREW'S STREET, ST ANDREW'S CHURCH (CI, 3RD)
Date: ?
Nature: JL involved in building same.
Refs: M. Craig, Dublin 1660-1860 (lst edition, 1952), 290n9; IB 70, 31 Mar 1928, ?