Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Cubitt
Designation: Architect
Born: 1836
Died: August 1912
Bio Notes: James Cubitt's family came from Norfolk and was not related to the civil engineering family of Cubitts. His father was a Baptist minister who taught at Spurgeon's Pastor's College. Cubitt was articled to Isaac Charles Gilbert in Nottingham in 1851-56 and therafter worked for W W Pocock who had a large practice of Wesleyan commissions. Cubitt's early practice from 1862 relied on contacts made via his father and Spurgeon. In 1868 he formed a partnership with Henry Fuller who was an already established designer of chapels.

Cubitt is also known for having published various books on the design of chapels. He produced 'Church Designs for Congregations' in 1870 and 'Nonconformist Church Building' in 1892 in which he argued for central plan designs avoiding the use of pillars, adapting Gothic styles by reference to both classical and basilican architecture. Much of what he wrote appeared initially in 'The Building News'. Cubitt's progressive ideas about the design of chapels would have influenced all those who worked for him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 326, Finsbury Place, London, EnglandBusiness1868 *  
Item 2 of 32, Broad Street Buildings, London, EnglandBusiness18901910 
Item 3 of 3Loughton, Essex, EnglandPrivate/businessBefore 18901905(?) 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Russell Walkerc. 1868c. 1870Senior Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Henry Denison Walton18831884Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 11882West Kensington Congregational ChurchKensington LondonEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News12 August 1912  p236 Obituary