Newbury Town Council is pleased to announce the unveiling of its sixth Blue Plaque, to James H. Money (1834-1918), the notable Newbury architect who was responsible for about 30 buildings in Newbury and 70 in West Berkshire. The plaque will be erected at 11am on Tuesday 1 August 2017 on Newbury Town Hall, which was built to James Money’s design in 1876-81 and extended in 1909-10.
The plaque will be unveiled by the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr David Fenn. He will be supported by Mr Peter Snape, the great-grandson of Walter Money, the eminent Newbury historian who was James Money’s brother.
Other buildings designed by James Money include Church & Child’s Almshouses, Falkland Memorial, Oddfellows Hall, Phoenix Brewery, Speenhamland School, and The Gun Pub in Wash Common. Outside Newbury, his buildings include Hungerford Town Hall and Bucklebury Cemetery Chapel.
The Town Council gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of £100 from the Newbury Society towards the cost of the plaque.
A Blue Plaque was erected to Walter Money in 2015 outside Hogan Music in Market Street.
Dr David Peacock, the Newbury historian, said: “James H. Money was an important Victorian architect for the Newbury area, with a long career. He designed many of the town’s prominent buildings, including the Town Hall, Oddfellows Hall and the Catherine Wheel pub, and he deserves wider recognition.”
Cllr Anthony Pick, Chairman of the Newbury Town Council Heritage Working Group, said: “Our Blue Plaques programme endeavours to bring to public attention events, buildings, and personalities which have contributed to Newbury’s strong cultural, historic, and architectural identity. James H. Money deservedly qualifies in this regard.”