Harold Firth Vessey Newsome

Place of Birth
Crook Co Durham

  • Born                      1882 Crook, County Durham. 
  • Died                       27 January 1959. Heaton Moor, Stockport

The son of Firth Newsome and Sarah Elizabeth Vessey who married on 31 July 1878. Firth Newsone was a clergyman in the Church of England, and the vicar of  Stillington St Johns 1892 until his death in 1918. The 1901 census records HFV Newsome still living with his parents in Stockton, and an architect’s apprentice. By 1911 he had moved to Manchester and in 1913 was the joint winner of the Henry Saxon Snell Prize with A Herring Shaw, for “Modern Sanitary Engineering and Plumbers' Work: Progressive Scale Drawings of Current Practice”. Volumes I. and II. published in 1913. During the First World War he served as 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry (Labour Corps) being promoted temporary Captain March 1918-March 1919. He was permitted to keep rank of Captain in 1921.

He appears to have commenced independent practice about 1925 and was the Vice-president of the Manchester and District Branch of the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors, in 1931. Delegate to the International Congress of Architects held in Budapest in September 1930. LRIBA 1934. Fellow of the RIBA May 1939.

John Newsome died on 27 January 27 1959 at his home, 42 Tatton Road South, Heaton Moor, the funeral service being held at Stockport Crematorium. He was survived by his wife, Ada and two daughters, Eileen and Angela.