Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and architect, of Belfast. James Stilwell Munce, who was probably the son of JAMES MUNCE JAMES MUNCE , was born on 24 May 1878 and educated at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, Co. Down. He entered the School of Engineering at Queen's College, Belfast, in 1897, obtaining the BE degree in 1900. From 1900 until 1902 he trained as an assistant to LUKE LIVINGSTON MACASSEY LUKE LIVINGSTON MACASSEY , working on waterworks schemes for Belfast, Bangor, Holywood, Fermoy, Enniskillen, and Kilkenny. Between 1902 and 1903 he worked under JAMES HANNA  JAMES HANNA and JAMES HERON  JAMES HERON on various engineering projects before moving to London to join the Works Department of London County Council. He remained in England until 1911, when he returned to Belfast to set up in independent practice as an engineer and architect. In 1919 he entered into partnership with EDWIN RIDDELL KENNEDY EDWIN RIDDELL KENNEDY , to form the firm of MUNCE & KENNEDY MUNCE & KENNEDY . After Kennedy's death in 1930, he carried on the practice under the same name until his own death in 1952. For several years he was part-time surveyor to Carrickfergus Urban District Council but gave up the post in 1934, 'owing to pressure of business'.(1) James Frederick Munce, ARIBA, who was presumably his son, continued the practice but changed its name to James Munce & Partners in the 1960s.

In 1920 Munce gave a lecture on 'The Belfast of the Past',(2) but there is no other evidence, in the pages of the Irish Builder at least, of his knowledge of or interest in historical architecture.

Inst.CE: student, 1899-1904; elected associate member, 19 April 1904; elected member, 14 January 1930.
RIBA: elected licentiate, 1937, proposed by ROBERT HANNA. GIBSON ROBERT HANNA. GIBSON , REGINALD SHARMAN WILSHERE  REGINALD SHARMAN WILSHERE and JOHN SEEDS JOHN SEEDS ;(3) associate by 1940.(4)

Addresses:(5) Work: 141a Scottish Provident Buildings, Belfast, 1911=1916;(6) 7 Wellington Place, 1920; 11 Wellington Place, <=1929-1938; 24 Arthur St, 1938-1949; 133 University Street, 1950 until death.
Home: 67 Conway Road, Plumstead, London SE, 1904; 8 Birkbeck Grove, Acton, 1906; 87 Shaftesbury Road, Hammersmith, 1908; 27 Ennismore Avenue, Chiswick, 1909; Marine Parade, Holywood, 1937.

See WORKS; see also works of MUNCE & KENNEDY. MUNCE & KENNEDY.



References

All information in this entry is from the records of the Insitution of Civil Engineers, kindly supplied by Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist.

(1) IB 76, 10 Mar 1934, 185. Was he also the J.S. Munce who was an Assitant County Surveyor for Co. Armagh from 1915 or earlier until 1942 or later?
(2) IB 62, 24 Apr 1920, 293.
(3) RIBAJ 44(1936-37), 756.
(4) IB 82, 30 Mar 1940, 212.
(5) From Inst.CE records and RSUA lists of members unless otherwise stated.
(6) IB 58, 26 Feb 1916, 99.


31 work entries listed in chronological order for MUNCE, JAMES STILWELL


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Building: CO. DOWN, CRAIGANTLET, MISSION HALL
Date: 1912
Nature: -
Refs: IB 54, 8 Jun 1912, 348

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE, IMPERIAL HOTEL
Date: 1916
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 58, 26 Feb 1916, 99

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MARLBOROUGH PARK CENTRAL, HOUSES
Date: 1916
Nature: Semi-detached villas in course of erection fo Mr T.S. Martin.
Refs: IB 58, 8 Apr 1916, 165

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDY ROW (& LINFIELD ROAD), HEWITT BROS.
Date: 1916
Nature: New premises for Mssrs. Hewitt Bros. Contractor: T. McKinney, Brougham St, Belfast.
Refs: IB 58, 23 Dec 1916, 639

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, YORK STREET, NO. 190
Date: 1916
Nature: Alts., for Mr R.G. Williamson. Contractor: T. McKinney, Brougham St.
Refs: IB 58, 8 Apr 1916, 165

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, INFIRMARY
Date: 1919
Nature: Proposed new infirmary, for Board of Guardians. Estimated cost £6,750.
Refs: IB 61, 22 Mar 1919, 130

Building: CO. DOWN, HOLYWOOD, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1930a
Nature: Cost: £13,000.
Refs: Candidate's circular for transfer to membership of Inst.CE, 1930; IB 77, 1 Jun 1935, 456

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, HARBOUR
Date: 1930a
Nature: Improvements, £10,000. (?Also reinforced concrete gantry, £7,000, and warehouse, £19,000).
Refs: Candidate's circular for transfer to membership of Inst.CE, 1930

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, WATERWORKS
Date: 1930a
Nature: Cost: £6,000.
Refs: Candidate's circular for transfer to membership of Inst.CE, 1930

Building: CO. DOWN, ARDGLASS, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1930a;1934
Nature: Water supply.
Refs: Candidate's circular for transfer to membership of Inst.CE, 1930; IB 76, 3 Nov 1934, 954

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, UNION INFIRMARY
Date: 1931
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 73, 5 Dec 1931, 1064

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYHOME, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1931
Nature: -
Refs: IB 73, 17 Jan,14 Mar 1931, 54,230

Building: CO. ANTRIM, STRADBALLY, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1931
Nature: -
Refs: IB 73, 17 Jan,14 Mar 1931, 54,230

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CROAGHBEG (BALLYMONEY), PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1933
Nature: New, to replace existing school. For North Antrim Regional Education Committee.
Refs: IB 75, 9 Sep 1933, 782

Building: CO. DOWN, CROSSGAR, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 29 Dec 1934, 1134; 77, 1 Jun 1935, 456

Building: CO. DOWN, KILLYLEAGH, SEWERAGE
Date: 1935
Nature: Extension of sewerage works.
Refs: IB 77, 2 Nov 1935, 1014

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYNAHINCH, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1935a
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 1 Jun 1935, 456

Building: CO. DOWN, KILLYLEAGH, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1935a
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 1 Jun 1935, 456

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, UPPER INFIRMARY
Date: 1936
Nature: Renovation.
Refs: IB 78, 22 Feb 1936, 162

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HIGH STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1938
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 80, 29 Oct 1938, 918

Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1938
Nature: -
Refs: IB 80, 30 Apr 1938, 368

Building: CO. DOWN, ANNAHILT, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1939
Nature: Contractor: R. Murray, Ravenhill Cresc., Belfast.
Refs: IB 81, 5 Aug 1939, 678

Building: CO. DOWN, HOLYWOOD, SCHOOL
Date: 1939-1940
Nature: Contractor: John McCall & Sons, Holywood.
Refs: IB 81, 7 Jan 1939, 31

Building: CO. ARMAGH, ARMAGH, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1940
Nature: Improvements.
Refs: IB 82, 22 Jun 1940, 418

Building: CO. DOWN, CASTLEWELLAN, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1940
Nature: Improvements.
Refs: IB 82, 3,17 Feb 1940, 82,111

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYROCK (BUSHMILLS), SCHOOL
Date: 1940
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 82, 30 Mar 1940, 212

Building: CO. DOWN, CASTLEWELLAN, HOUSES (016)
Date: 1949
Nature: -
Refs: IB 91, 28 May 1949, 498

Building: CO. DOWN, KILLYLEAGH, HOUSES (024)
Date: 1949
Nature: -
Refs: IB 91, 20 Aug 1949, 780

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK DISTRICT, HOUSES (024)
Date: 1950
Nature: -
Refs: IB 92, 14 Oct 1950, 1112

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYMACARN (DOWNPATRICK), HOUSES (012)
Date: 1951
Nature: -
Refs: IB 93, 4 Aug 1951, 818

Building: CO. TYRONE, MULLAGHMORE (DUNGANNON), HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1952
Nature: Sewerage work for same.
Refs: IB 94, 7 Jun 1952, 600