James William Beaumont

Place of Birth

  • Born:     25 June 1848 at Manchester
  • Died:     Died 1 August 1931 aged 84 at his home at Fulwood, Wilmslow.
  • Buried   Wilmslow Parish Church.

James William Beaumont, the son of John Beaumont of Manchester and Wilmslow, was born in Manchester on 25 June 1848. Educated privately, he was articled to Sir James Allanson Picton of Liverpool from 1865 to 1869 and was assistant to Corson & Aitken of Manchester from 1870 to 1871.  In 1873 he commenced independent practice in Manchester, later being in partnership with A H Davies Colley from c1875 1878 and with Richard F Beaumont (his brother) between c1886 and 1894. In 1900 he took his eldest son, William Somerville Beaumont, into partnership as J W Beaumont & Son and likewise his youngest son John Somerville Beaumont, in 1919.  He formally retired from the partnership on 31 December 1930.

A Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, he was also a Fellow of the Manchester Society of Architects and its President from 1903-1905. His principal works before 1900 included the Town Hall, Public Baths and Cemetery at Hyde, Town Hall at Colne, memorial building at Stockport, Liberal Club at Stockport, Free Public Libraries at Openshaw and Gorton, hydraulic power pumping station at Ancoats, institute and swimming baths and cottage hospital, Darley Dale, Art Galleries in Whitworth Park, Manchester, physical laboratory, Owens College, and Ducie Avenue Schools, Manchester.

James William Beaumont married Emily Prentice, a daughter of Dr Thomas Somerville of Hawthorn Hall (School) Wilmslow. and had issue five sons and three daughters. His eldest and youngest sons joined their father in his architectural practice. Their second son Godfrey S Beaumont became a farmer while their third son, Thomas S Beaumont, a chartered accountant, was killed in action in the First World War. Nothing further is yet known of Robert S Beaumont who resided with his parents in 1911. Emily Prentice Beaumont died on 10th December 1935 at “Baronald,” Wilmslow.

James William Beaumont died on 1 August 1931 and was buried at Wilmslow parish church.


Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
St John’s Church Lindow Lindow  near Wilmslow  Cheshire  England
Victoria terrace Aberystwyth (Architectural Competition)   Aberystwyth    Wales
Cannon Street Chambers: Manchester   Manchester  GMCA  England
House at Wilmslow for J M Williams   Wilmslow  Cheshire  England
Mackenzie House and Farm Marple   Marple  GMCA  England
Board School: Ducie Avenue, Greenheys Greenheys  Manchester  GMCA  England
Pendlebury Hall and Orphanage Stockport Lancashire Hill  Stockport  GMCA  England
Free Church Sunday School Chorlton-on-Medlock Chorlton-on-Medlock  Manchester  GMCA  England
Hyde Town Hall and Municipal Buildings:   Hyde  GMCA  England
Working Lads’ Club, Peel Street, Denton Denton  Manchester  GMCA  England
Free Library and Technical School     GMCA  England
Thirlmere Fountain: Albert Square Manchester Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Municipal Buildings Bacup   Bacup  Lancashire  England
Whitworth Art Gallery Oxford Road Manchester Chorlton-on-Medlock  Manchester  GMCA  England
Pavilion Firs Athletics Ground Fallowfield Fallowfield  Manchester  GMCA  England
Hydraulic Pumping Station Ancoats Manchester Ancoats  Manchester  GMCA  England
Willaston School near Nantwich Cheshire Willaston  near Nantwich  Cheshire  England
Physical Laboratory Owens College Manchester Chorlton-on-Medlock  Manchester  GMCA  England
Premises for Manchester Guardian Society for the Protection of Trade     GMCA  England
Winter's Building, St. Ann's Square Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Pearl Assurance Building St Ann Street Manchester     GMCA  England
Richard Howarth and Company Warehouse Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Public Baths, Union Street, Hyde   Hyde  GMCA  England
Offices: London Road and Auburn Street, Manchester Central  Manchester  GMCA  England
Fountains for Manchester Parks (Architectural Competition)   Manchester  GMCA  England


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Beaumont J W and R F Architectural practice 1887 1890 Manchester
Beaumont J W and Son Architectural practice 1900 1919 Manchester
Beaumont J W and Sons Architectural practice 1919 1965 Manchester
Davis-Colley and Beaumont Architectural practice 1874 1878 Manchester
Colley and Beaumont Architectural Practice 1875 1878 Manchester