Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Hughes
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 March 1893
Died: 1982
Bio Notes: Andrew Hughes was born on 17 March 1893 and was articled to William Dow of Kirkcaldy from 1908 to 1912, studying at Kirkcaldy High School where he was a fourth-year medallist. He subsequently worked as juionr assistant to Gillespie & Scott of St Andrews for one year, and to Crouch, Butler & Savage of Birmingham for one year, before joining George Reavell of Alnwick as assistant in 1913. On his return from war service in 1919, Hughes returned to Reavell's office, but the following year he moved to that of Percy L Browne & Glover in Newcastle upon Tyne, and whilst there was a member of the Northern Architectural Association.

A year later, Hughes emigrated to Shanghai, where he spent nine years working as assistant to Lester, Johnson & Morris. He returned to Britain in 1930 and commenced independent practice in Dorking, Surrey in July of that year, in partnership with W J Shearburn, whose family had a well-established practice in the town. The firm then became known as Shearburn & Hughes.

Hughes applied to become a Licentiate of the RIBA in May 1931, but being under 30 years old at the time, his admittance was delayed until the spring of 1933; his proposers were Reavell, Percy L Browne and Andrew Kerr Tasker. By the late 1940s Hughes was working for Gunton & Gunton. He remained with the same practice until at least 1960 and would appear to have been in the office in Cheshire.

Hughes retired in 1968 and died between October and December 1982.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 439, South Street, Dorking, Surrey, EnglandBusiness1931 *  
Item 2 of 4Stonecroft, London Road, Dorking, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1931 *  
Item 3 of 4Marlowe, Inby Road, Inby, Heswall, EnglandPrivatec. 1938  
Item 4 of 4Domus, Quarry Street West, Heswall, Cheshire, EnglandPrivatec. 1960  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8William Dow19081912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Gillespie & Scott19121912 or 1913Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Crouch, Butler & Savage19131913Assistant 
Item 4 of 8George Reavell19131920AssistantWith exception of war service, 1914/15-1919
Item 5 of 8Percy L Browne & Glover19201921Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Lester Johnson & Morris19211930Assistant 
Item 7 of 8Shearburn & HughesJuly 1930 Partner 
Item 8 of 8Gunton & GuntonBefore 1948After 1960ArchitectRIBA Kalendars and Directories give this although Gunton & Gunton appear to have ceased by 1938.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Percy Lindsay BrowneEarly 1933for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3George ReavellEarly 1933for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Andrew Kerr TaskerEarly 1933for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3985 (box 19)