Edward Hughes (1838-1886)

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Edward Hughes, F.R.I.B.A, was an architect who designed a number of buildings in the Huddersfield area, including the former Market Hall on King Street and the Ramsden Building on Queen Street South.


He was born in 1838 in Chester, the son of Thomas Hughes[1] and his wife Maria (née Jackson), and was baptised on 26 February 1839 at St. Peter, Chester.

His known siblings were:

  • Richard Thomas Hughes (c.1836-1909?)[2]
  • Alfred Hughes (c.1840-?)[3]
  • Elizabeth Anna Hughes (c.1847-?)[4]
  • Harriot Jane Hughes (c.1849-1849)[5]

By the time of the 1861 Census, he was lodging at the George Inn, Southwark, London, and was working as an architect's clerk.

Research by Huddersfield Civic Society chairman Chris Marsden has identified over 50 works, the first of which was All Saints Church in Clayton West (1871-2). Hughes' local works include:

One of his final commissions was for a 1,500 seater grandstand at the Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club grounds in Fartown, which was used for the first time shortly after his death.[6]

Edward Hughes died on 5 June 1886, aged 48, and was buried two days later at St. Paul, Shepley. The Huddersfield Chronicle reported the funeral and noted that Hughes' "architectural works will long perpetuate his name, and many will remember his kindness of heart, although he was most unobtrusive in manner."[7]

Hughes' Celtic cross gravestone was restored in 2015 by the Huddersfield Civic Society and the Huddersfield Society of Architects.[8]

Notes and References

  1. Born around 1807 in Tattenhall, Chester, and the brother of Joseph Hughes (c.1810-?). Married Maria Jackson of Kexborough on 7 August 1836 at St. Oswald's, Chester. Worked as a butler in Kexborough (1837) and an innkeeper/publican in Chester (1841 & 1851 Censuses).
  2. Baptised 1 January 1837 at All Saints, Darton, with father listed as a "butler" residing in Kexborough. Married Jane (née?) and worked as a "stuff merchant" in Bradford. Possibly died in 1909 in Sheffield.
  3. Baptised 21 December 1840 at St. Peter, Chester.
  4. Baptised 22 August 1847 at St. Peter, Chester.
  5. Baptised 2 December 1849 at St. Peter, Chester. Death register Q4 1849 in Great Boughton, so died shortly after her christening.
  6. "Huddersfield Athletic Festival" in Huddersfield Chronicle (21/Jun/1886).
  7. "Funeral of the Late Mr. E. Hughes" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (10/Jun/1886).
  8. "Headstone of architect Edward Hughes, who designed some of Huddersfield's best loved buildings, is rescued and revived" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (15/Jun/2015).