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Horace Jones

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1867. Smithfield Meat and Poultry Market.
1867. Smithfield Meat and Poultry Market.

Sir Horace Jones, architect.

Architect of the City of London

1867 Responsible for the new Metropolitan Meat and Poultry Market, Smithfield

1878 Proposed a low-level bascule bridge to cross the Thames.

1885 An Act of Parliament allowing the Corporation of the City of London to build the bridge was passed in 1885. Jones was appointed architect, and knighted.

The project for the Tower Bridge passed to John Wolfe Barry.

1887 Died

1887 Obituary Notice.[1]

Sir Horace Jones, the City architect, has died at his residence in London. Nearly all the important architectural works which, since his appointment to the office have been executed by the London Corporation were designed by him. Among these may be mentioned the London Central Markets at Smithfield, Billingsgate and Leadenhall Markets, the Guildhall library, reading-roam, and museum, and the new council chamber at the Guildhall, admittedly one of the finest buildings of the kind in the kingdom. He also designed, in conjunction with Mr. J. Wolff Barry, C.E., the bridge over the Thames at the Tower which is now in course of construction. The much-criticised "griffin" memorial at Temple Bar was also his design. For two recent years he served the office of president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and on his retirement from that office lie received the honour of knighthood.

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Sources of Information

  1. Witney Gazette and West Oxfordshire Advertiser - Saturday 28 May 1887