Adams & Kelly

Adams & Kelly was an architectural practice based at 18 Park Row, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.[1] It was a partnership between Richard Life Adams (1840–1883) and John Kelly (1840–1904).[2]

Adams & Kelly
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St Martin's Church, Potternewton (1879–1881)
Practice information
Key architectsRichard Life Adams
John Kelly
Founded1860s
Dissolved1880s
LocationLeeds

WorksEdit

Adams & Kelly's work includes the former Church Institute in Leeds, on the corner of Albion Place and Lands Lane,[3] a building in Gothic Revival style which was built between 1866 and 1868.[3] According to Leach and Pevsner it once had "a lecture hall for 800, a library with 10,000 volumes and walls painted with frescoes of the saints".[4] The building was converted for commercial and retail use in 1980.[3]

 
St. Mary Magdalene Church, Altofts, West Yorkshire (1873–90)

Adams & Kelly also designed several schools and churches, including St Martin's Church, Potternewton (1879–1881).[5] The church, just off Chapeltown Road, was built of stone from local quarries. The original design included a tall steeple, and building of the tower began in 1897, but it could not be completed as a weakness had developed in the foundations.[6]

The firm designed the church of St John, Newtown, Leeds (1866–68),[7] St Matthew, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire (1870),[8] Holy Trinity, Armley Hall, Yorkshire (1870–72),[7] All Saints, South Acton, London (1871–72),[7] Christ Church, Gateshead, County Durham (1868–73),[7] Christ Church, Upper Armley, Leeds (1869–74)[7] and St Mary Magdalene Church, Altofts, West Yorkshire (1873–90).[9]

With architects Alfred Jackson Martin of Darlington and Eugene C Clephan of Stockton-on-Tees they designed the Church of St Peter in Stockton, County Durham (1878–81).[10]

The partnership drew up plans in 1885 for a new Church of St Paul at Shireshead, near Forton, Lancashire. The scheme was shelved in favour of the building of a new church, St James', which was subsequently designed by Kelly & Birchall and built in 1887–90.[10][11]

Adams & Kelly also worked on the church of St Mary of Bethany, New Wortley, Leeds, which was completed by Kelly & Birchall. Built in 1885 at a cost of £5,600, it featured a spire of 135 feet and a brick lined interior. St Mary of Bethany was demolished in 1975.[11][12]

PeopleEdit

Adams & Kelly employed, as an assistant, John Leeming (1849–1931),[13] who in 1872 went into partnership with his brother Joseph as Leeming & Leeming,[14] and was responsible for the partial remodelling of the interior of Kinloch Castle[15] on the Isle of Rùm in Scotland.

In 1886, three years after the death of Adams, Kelly went into partnership with Edward Birchall as Kelly & Birchall.[11][16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Adams & Kelly". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "John Kelly". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 19 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Church Institute, Albion Place at the corner with Lands Lane". Leodis: a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Leach, Peter; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009). The Buildings of England – Yorkshire West Riding, Leeds, Bradford and the North. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. p. 443. ISBN 978-0300126655.
  5. ^ "St. Martin's Church". Leodis: a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "History". St Martin's Church, Leeds. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b c d e "Showing ICBS files where Professional or Firm Name contains 'Adams, Richard Life'". Church Plans Online. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1972). The Buildings of England – Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. London: Penguin Books. p. 287. ISBN 0-14-0710-43-4.
  9. ^ Kovach, R S (21 January 2014). "St. Mary Magdalene Church, Altofts". The Salviati Architectural Mosaic Database. Retrieved 2 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b "Showing ICBS files where Professional or Firm Name contains 'KELLY, John: b. 1840 – d. 1904 of Leeds'". Church Plans Online. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b c "Showing ICBS files where Professional or Firm Name contains 'KELLY (JOHN) & BIRCHALL (EDWARD)'". Church Plans Online. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "St Mary of Bethany Church, demolition". Leodis: a photographic archive of Leeds. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "John Leeming". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Leeming and Leeming". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Kinloch Castle". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Former Church Institute, corner of Albion Place and Lands Lane". The Victorian Web. Retrieved 15 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)