Selected: MCNEA, JAMES


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Architect and surveyor, of Belfast, active in the 1850s and 1860s, who designed the Belfast Bank in Ballymoney, finished in 1864.(1) James McNea was probably also a developer, as he was involved in the leasing of property in central Belfast - both as lessor and lessee - during the 1860s.(2)

The following probably all refer to the same person: 'J. McNea' who designed the Presbyterian Church at Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, in 1851,(3) 'Mr McNea', who designed the Presbyterian church at Sandy Row, Belfast, opened 1861,(4) and 'John McNea' who designed a new Presbyterian church for Armagh in 1866.(5) It also seems very likely that James McNea was the 'McNeil' who won a competition to design St John's CI church, Laganbank Road, Belfast, under the bequest of a Mr Hamilton in 1852.(6) A James McNea married Margaret Hunter in Belfast in 1845.(7)

Addresses:(8) Work: 95 York Street, 1852; 5 Donegall Street, 1861.
Home: 161 York Street, 1861.

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References


(1) PRONI, D3747/2/1-5 (see PRONI e-catalogue).
(2) B 22, 12 Mar 1864, 192.
(3) B 9, 16 Aug 1851, 517.
(4) B 19, 2 Feb 1861, 81.
(5) DB 8, 15 Aug 1866, 209.
(6) B 10, 17 Apr 1852, 245.
(7) www.familysearch.org.
(8) From Belfast and the Province of Ulster Directory for 1851 and 1861-2.

6 work entries listed in chronological order for MCNEA, JAMES


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Building: CO. TYRONE, STEWARTSTOWN, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (1ST)
Date: 1851
Nature: New church for 500 persons.  Opened 4 Jun 1852. Contractor: Mr Johnson, Cookstown.
Refs: B 9, 16 Aug 1851, 517;  Armagh Guardian, 19 Jun 1852;  Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 490.

Building: CO. ARMAGH, KEADY, 2ND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MANSE
Date: 1860-61
Nature: New manse. Tenders invited , Jul 1860.
Refs: Armagh Guardian, 6 Jul 1860, 15 Feb 1861..

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT VICTORIA STREET, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1860-62
Nature: New church to accommodate 800. Classical, stucco. Designed by 'Mr McNea'. (Originally known as Sandy Row Presbyterian Church.)
Refs: B 19, 2 Feb 1861, 81; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 169

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, HILL STREET, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (2ND)
Date: 1861p
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting new church.
Refs: Protestant Watchman & Lurgan Gazette, 10 Aug 1861.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMONEY, HIGH STREET, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1864
Nature: Italianate bank on site of (or conversion of?) old Assembly Rooms, purchased 1863. Finished 1864.
Refs: B 22, 12 Mar 1864, 192; W.D. Girvan, North Antrim (1972), 38 (no. 112)

Building: CO. ARMAGH, ARMAGH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1866
Nature: New church to be built to designs by John[sic] McNea.
Refs: DB 8, 15 Aug 1866, 209