Basic Biographical Details

Name: Speakman & Charlesworth
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1862
Ended: 1871 or 1874(?)
Bio Notes: James Speakman was born in 1810. He appears to have had no architectural training whatsoever. At the age of 42, he sold his business and set up in architectural practice with John Charlesworth as his assistant about 1852. Notwithstanding this apparent lack of experience the firm obtained a number of significant commissions in central Manchester over the next two decades. John Charlesworth was born in 1832 and served his apprenticeship under Isaac Holden. He was taken into partnership with Speakman in 1862 as Speakman & Charlesworth. Charlesworth died in 1871 and Speakman formed a new partnership with his son Thomas as Speakman & Son. The older Speakman died in 1872. From 1873 Hickson was taken into the partnership, the title being Speakman Son & Hickson or Speakman & Hickson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 261, Cross Street, Manchester, EnglandBusiness18581862 
Item 2 of 23, Princess Street, Manchester, EnglandBusiness1863 *1871 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Walter Wood Robertson18691871Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 21866Manchester Town Hall  ManchesterEnglandCompetition design - shortlisted in first stage, placed second in second stage
Item 2 of 21870Chepstow House  ManchesterEnglandCompleted by Speakman Son & Hickson which was the successor to the firm Speakman & Charlesworth.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent October 2009