James Herbert Stones

Architect and Surveyor
Place of Birth

  • Birth date            17 May 1856 (baptism record) at Blackburn
  • Baptism                26 March 1886 at Harpurhey
  • Marriage              1 June 1886 to Annie Louise Kay at St Peter’s Church, Burnley
  • Death date          9 July 1914

Born on 17 May 1856, James Herbert Stones was the son of James Bradley Stones, wholesale grocer, and his wife, Susan Ann, of Lovely Hall, near Blackburn.  In 1871 he was a boarder at a Training School, at Preston with G A Stones. (census). He then worked for his uncle, William Stones of William Stones and Sons, builders, of Blackburn 1874-1875, before studying mathematics and physics at Zurich Polytechnic 1876-1877 after which he travelled in Germany. On his return to England he was articled to James William Beaumont from 1877 to 1879 and studied quantities and measuring with Samuel Crowcroff, Quantity Surveyor, of Manchester for two months in 1879.  James Herbert Stones commenced independent practice in Blackburn in 1879 and was elected FRIBA on 18 November 1889: proposed by J Murgatroyd, J Holden, E Salomons (all of Manchester).

About 1885 he entered into partnership with A R Gradwell under the style of Stones and Gradwell, architects and surveyors of Blackburn and Darwen, this partnership being dissolved on 3 July 1899.The two partners also formed a separate partnership with James’s brother, William Grimshaw Stones, carrying on business as Civil and Mechanical Engineers and Mill Architects. Again, this partnership was dissolved as far as Gradwell was concerned, on 3 July 1899.  Stones and Stones was   dissolved   by   mutual consent on 16th July 1906.  It is also suggested that James Herbert Stone later entered into partnership with Arthur Spence Atkinson.

1886        Church Street, Accrington, Lancashire
1889        Old Cross Chambers, King William Street, Blackburn
1889-1914    10 Richmond Terrace, Blackburn

1914        Clayton Croft, Clayton-le-DaIe, Lancashire

Obituary        Builder v 107, 17 July 1914, page 87-8
Obituary        Building News July 1914 page 72
Obituary        RIBA Journal 02, 1915, page 16


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Stones and Gradwell Architectural practice 1885 1899 Blackburn