James Stevens

Place of Birth
Macclesfield Manchester

  • Born                      29 October 1826, St James Street London.
  • Baptism                3 December 1826 at Church of St Mary, Marylebone Road.
  • Died                       February 1902

The son of Thomas Stevens and Maria, James Stevens was born on 29 October 1826 at St James Street, London. On 6 September 1849 at Prestbury near Macclesfield, James Stevens, architect and land surveyor married Maria eldest daughter of John Corns, silk manufacturer. {Manchester Guardian 12 September 1849 page 8] and by 1850 had commenced architectural practice in Macclesfield, where he would reside for the rest of his life. After a brief partnership with G B Parks, he opened another office in central Manchester.

In 1877 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was a past President of the Manchester Society of Architects. He enjoyed a considerable practice as an architect, surveyor and valuer in Manchester, Macclesfield and the localities around and was employed as the architect for the building of many large warehouses and business premises. In 1882 he prepared plans and designs for the complete restoration with enlargement of the chancel and north aisle together with new choir and clergy vestries at the parish church of St Michael, Macclesfield. The work was finished as far as funds permitted and the capacity was increased to 900 sittings in 1892. Mr Stevens was also appointed as architect at Macclesfield for the erection for the Town Council of the Technical Schools on the site of the Useful Knowledge Society's premises at Park Green in February 1898, the enlargement with a new front and a new Council Chamber (1869-70) of the Town Hall (originally built in 1823-24 after Francis Goodwin’s designs). Other works included the Militia Barracks in the Crompton-road (1858-59) for which he made the plans and designs after the Gothic style, in conjunction with Mr Pownall of London; the Chadwick Free Library, Park Green (1868-80), a gift to the Corporation by Mr David Chadwick MP in 1876; the School of Art, Park Green, of stone in the Gothic style, opened in June 1870; and the Infirmary near the Park (1870-72) for sixty in-patients, with quarters for the nurses’ training school. One of his last works was the Crewe Technical School.

1851    Stevens and G B Park, architects, Exchange-street, Macclesfield (MG)
1855    James Stevens, 32 Princess Street, Manchester & Exchange Street Macclesfield (MG)
1902    James Stevens, 88 Mosley Street, Manchester and Macclesfield

1851    James Stevens architect, Exchange-street, Macclesfield (census)
1881    James Stevens FRIBA, Lime Tree House, Macclesfield
1896    James Stevens FRIBA 173 Chester Road Macclesfield (Kelly Cheshire )

Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Macclesfield Baths and Wash-houses   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Villa Residence Sutton, Macclesfield Sutton  Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Warrington Market Hall: Market Square, Warrington   Warrington  Cheshire  England
Schools and Master’s Residence. Clayton Hall Estate       England
Villa residence and Offices: Congleton Road, Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Villa Residence including stables Coach House etc. Swinton Park, near Pendleton Swinton Park  Salford  GMCA  England
Macclesfield Union Workhouse: Alterations and Additions   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Militia Barracks, Crompton Road Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Over Darwen Cemetery   Over Darwn  Lancashire  England
Proposed Observatory, Vernon Park, Stockport   Stockport  GMCA  England
Mechanics Institute, St. Peter's Gate and Wellington Road South, Stockport    Stockport  GMCA  England
St Peter’s Parsonage House, Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Macclesfield Cemetery Competition   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Residence and Lodge, Hartwell Estate, Barlaston, Staffordshire   Barlaston  Staffordshire  England
Christ Church Parsonage, Blackburn   Blackburn  Lancashire  England
Market Hall and Fish Market, Derby   Derby  Derbyshire  England
Macclesfield Cemetery Chapels (Architectural Competition)   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Macclesfield Town Hall Competition   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Branch Bank Chestergate/Market Place, Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Slate Workers’ Houses Abergynolwyn, near Towyn, Merionethshire Abergynolwyn,  Tywyn  Gwynedd  Wales
12 Slate Workers’ Houses, Llanegryn Street, Abergynolwyn Abergynolwyn,  Tywyn  Gwynedd  Wales
12 Slate Workers’ Houses, Llanegryn Street, Abergynolwyn Abergynolwyn,  Tywyn  Gwynedd  Wales
24 Houses, Water Street (Heol y Dwr), Abergynolwyn Abergynolwyn,  Tywyn  Gwynedd  Wales
11 Houses Talnybryn Street Abergynolwyn Abergynolwyn,  Tywyn  Gwynedd  Wales
Dinas Mawddwyn Estate   Dinas Mawddwy  Gwynedd  Wales
Plas Dinas, Dinas Mawddwy, Merionethshire   Dinas Mawddwy  Gwynedd  Wales
Mawddy Terrace and Merrion Terrace, Dinas Mawddwy, Merionethshire   Dinas Mawddwy  Gwynedd  Wales
Buckley Arms Hotel, Dinas Mawddwy, Merionethshire   Dinas Mawddwy  Gwynedd  Wales
Farm Buildings, Home Farm. Tan y Bwlch, Dinas Mawddwy, Merionethshire   Dinas Mawddwy  Gwynedd  Wales
New premises: Macclesfield Ragged and Industrial Schools Brook Street/ Turnock Street Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Macclesfield Infirmary, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield Cheshire : Additions   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Chadwick Free Library, Park Green, Macclesfield Park Green  Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
School of Art & Science, Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Market Hall Wrexham: Wholesale Vegetable Market and Pedlers’ Market   Wrexham  Clwyd  Wales
Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School. Chancery Lane, Ardwick, Manchester Ardwick  Manchester  GMCA  England
Butchers’ Market Wrexham   Wrexham  Clwyd  Wales
Memorial Pulpit and Reading Desk: St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
“Duke of York” PH Regent Road Salford   Salford  GMCA  England
Corn Mills, Macclesfield. Reconstruction and Extension   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Clough Hall Park and Gardens, Kidsgrove, Staffordshire   Kidsgrove  Staffordshire  England
School of Art Crewe: Enlargement   Crewe  Cheshire  England
Technical School, Park Green, Macclesfield Park Green  Macclesfield  Cheshire  England
Mission Church of St Michael and All Angels, Bramhall Bramhall  Stockport  GMCA  England
Macclesfield Cemetery Chapels Competition   Macclesfield  Cheshire  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Stevens and Park Architectural practice 1851 1852 Macclesfield and Manchester