Basic Biographical Details

Name: Shearburn & Hughes
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: July 1930
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 & Morriss. 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.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 139, South Street, Dorking, Surrey, EnglandBusiness1931 *  

* 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 1Andrew HughesJuly 1930 Partner 


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