Basic Biographical Details

Name: Leeming & Leeming
Born: 1872
Bio Notes: John Leeming (born 1849) and Joseph Leeming (born 1850) were sons of Alfred Leeming of Halifax and were articled to Charles Frederick Luke Horsfall in Halifax, the former in 1865 and the latter in 1866. At the end of their apprenticeships John was assistant to Adams and Kelly in Leeds, and Owen Edwards and Thomas William Helliwell in Brighouse between 1869 and 1872 and Joseph to Helliwell only between 1871 and 1872. In the latter year they commenced practice in Halifax and from 1877 onwards they were notably successful in local and national competitions, beginning with the Heath Grammar School and Board School in Halifax.

In 1877 Richard Fielding Farrar (born 1860) was articled to the Leemings. He remained as assistant and then as chief assistant responsible for much of the design work of the practice and was credited by his son with the design of Kinloch Castle on Rhum. He was not offered a partnership and belatedly took the qualifying exam in 1902. He was admitted ARIBA on 1 December of the same year, his proposers being the Leemings and John Slater, and commenced practice on his own account in Leeds in 1904.

Despite having a London office and being responsible for the Admiralty the Leemings themselves did not seek membership of the RIBA until 1901. Joesph was admitted FRIBA on 10 February and John on the 18th, their proposers being Sir John Taylor, John McKean Brydon and Sir Aston Webb.

Joseph Leeming died in 1929; John on 21 April 1931; Farrar on 16 June 1948.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3North Gate Chambers, Halifax, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1885 *  
Item 2 of 3Victoria House/117, Victoria Street, London, EnglandBusiness1897 *  
Item 3 of 317, Old Queen Street, London, EnglandBusiness1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5John Leeming1872 Partner 
Item 2 of 5Joseph Leeming1872 Partner 
Item 3 of 5Richard Fielding Farrar1877c. 1882ApprenticeRemained as assistant and then later chief assistant
Item 4 of 5Richard Fielding FarrarAfter 18821904Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Richard Fielding Farrarc. 1882Before 1904Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 71880Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design for second competition - reached second stage but unplaced in final selection
Item 2 of 71884New Admiralty and War OfficeWhitehall LondonEnglandAppointed as architects but scheme abandoned
Item 3 of 71886Edinburgh Municipal Buildings  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - winning entry, but project subsequently abandoned
Item 4 of 71891Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotlandMausoleum built to John Bullough (d1891). Partly underground mortuary chapel, richly detailed in marble mosaic etc: not liked, blown up early 20th century, one wall still remains. Leemings perhaps responsible for design.
Item 5 of 71897Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotland 
Item 6 of 71897Town Hall  CardiffWalesUnsuccessful competition design
Item 7 of 71906Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotlandPartial remodelling of interior


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Linstrum, Derek West Yorkshire Architects and Architecture  For John and Joseph Leeming

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder18 October 1929  p659 - obituary of Joseph
Item 2 of 5Builder1 May 1931v140 p808 - obituary of John
Item 3 of 5Building News1890v58 p12 - portraits of John and Joseph
Item 4 of 5RIBA Journal8 August 1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp699 - obituary of John
Item 5 of 5RIBA JournalAugust 1948 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Farrar