Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast, active in the 1860s and 1870s. Charles Acton Sherry(1) was chief assistant to WILLIAM JOSEPH BARRE WILLIAM JOSEPH BARRE (2) before forming a partnership with ROBERT HUGHES  ROBERT HUGHES in or by 1868. The partnership had come to an end before his death, which occurred on Easter Monday 1871 as the result of an 'untimely accident' on the road from Holywood to Belfast.(3) At a meeting of the RIAI on 28 November 1871, tribute was paid to him as 'a young architect of great energy and original ability'.(4)

RIAI: elected fellow, 21 May 1863.(5)

Address: 2 Clarence Place, Belfast, 1866.(6)

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References



(1) His name is given in full in PRONI, Fitzpatrick Bros. papers, D1905/1/1, where he is named as one of the arbitrators in an arbitration case between the Belfast & Ulster Brewing Co. and Fitzpatrick Bros.
(2) Article on Belfast architecture by James Ferguson in IB Jubilee Number (1909), 41.
(3) Freeman's Journal, 11 Apr 1871;  RIAI general meeting minutes, 20 Apr 1871, 248; 28 Nov 1871, 251; IB 13, 1 May,15 Sep,1 Dec 1871, 111, 245,262,311.
(4) RIAI general meeting minutes, 28 Nov 1871, 252; IB 13, 1 Dec 1871,
(5) RIAI council meeting minutes, 8 May 1863, 5; general meeting minutes, 21 May 1863, 127.
(6) RIAI list of members, 1866.


10 work entries listed in chronological order for SHERRY, CHARLES ACTON


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Building: CO. TYRONE, ROXBOROUGH CASTLE
Date: 1865-68
Nature: CAS completes work after death of W.J. Barre in 1867. Contractor: Fitzpatrick Bros.
Refs: PRONI, Fitzpatrick Bros. papers, D1905/1/6

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, VICTORIA STREET, ALBERT MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER
Date: 1865-9
Nature: W.J. Barre's prizewinning design may have been by his chief assistant, Charles Sherry.
Refs: Briefs, etc, in dispute concerning construction of Albert Memorial: Mr Sherrie, Architect. Fitzpatrick Bros. -v- Moore & Girdwood Executors of Barre. Albert Memorial, Belfast. [1869] in PRON, Fitzpatrick Papers,I D1905/1/8 (see PRONI e-catalogue);  article on Belfast architecture by James Ferguson in IB Jubilee No. (1909), 41;  Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993),321.

Building: CO. TYRONE, MOY, CHURCH OF ST JAMES (CI)
Date: 1866-69
Nature: Enlargement. Chancel completed to modified design and N transept added by Sherry & Hughes after Barre's death. Consecrated 1 Sep 1869. Contractor: James Hughes.
Refs: Contract drawings for S. transept, porch and gallery, signed by Barre, Mar 1866, and by James Hughes, Mar 1867, and for chancel, N. transept and robing room, signed Sherry & Hughes 1868, and James Hughes, Jul 1868, in RCB Library, portfolio 2B; DB 3, 1 Jun 1861, 533; 7, 15 May 1865, 82-3; IB 9, 15 Jan 1867, 25; 10, 1 May 1868, 117; 11,15 Dec 1869, 285; Durham Dunlop (ed.), A Memoir of the professional life of William J. Barre, Esq. member of the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland: with photographic illustrations selected from his works (Belfast: James Magill, 1868), 44,Pl.21; J.B. Leslie, Armagh Clergy, 377; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 433

Building: CO. ARMAGH, BALLYARDS CASTLE
Date: 1868
Nature: New house in progress, for Col. Thomas Simpson. By Sherry & Hughes. Cost: £4,000.
Refs: IB 10, 1 Nov 1868, 273; C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of County Armagh (UAHS, 1999), 114-5(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, WHITEHOUSE, HOUSE
Date: 1868
Nature: New house by Sherry & Hughes in course of erection, for J. Magill, Esq.
Refs: IB 10, 1 Nov 1868, 273

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE, IMPERIAL HOTEL
Date: 1868
Nature: Enlargements, consisting of 2 extra storeys providing 24 more rooms, 'just completed by Mr W.B. McMaster, from plans by, and under the direction of, Messrs. Sherry & Hughes'. For Mr Jury, proprietor of Jury's and Shelbourne hotels, Dublin, and Imperial Hotel, Cork. Cost over £2,000, exclusive of furnishing.
Refs: B 26, 27 Jun 1868, 468; IB 10, 15 Jun,15 Aug 1868, 153,202,203(illus. drawn by T. Hevey after photograph by Massey, Belfast)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORMEAU ROAD (BALLYNAFEIGH), GOOD SHEPHERD PENITENTIARY
Date: 1868
Nature: Sherry & Hughes winners of competition. For Most Rev. Dr. Patrick Dorrian, Bishop of Down & Connor.
Refs: IB 10, 1 Jul 1868, 161; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 76 (no. 171, illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, VICTORIA STREET, NO. 080 (TOWN HALL & MUNICIPAL OFFICES)
Date: 1869
Nature: Sherry & Hughes competition entrants.
Refs: IB 11, 1 May 1869, 104(illus.)

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, FOYLE STREET, JURY'S HOTEL
Date: 1870a
Nature: Conversion into hotel of former terrace of houses? Builder: M. McClelland.
Refs: W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan, J.J. Tracey, Historic Buildings…in and near the City of Derry (UAHS, 1970), 43 (no. 103)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ARTHUR SQUARE, THEATRE ROYAL
Date: 1871
Nature: To open on 25 Sep 1871; 'being erected from plans by the late Mr Charles Sherry, which Messrs. Lanyon, Lynn, & Lanyon are energetically carrying out with the assistance of Mr S.P. Close'. Contractor: Thomas McKeown. Cost: £13,000.
Refs: IB 13, 15 Sep,15 Oct 1871, 245,263; B 29, 30 Sep 1871, 769