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HUGHES , HENRY HAROLD ( 1864 - 1940 ), archaeologist .

Born at Liverpool , 1864 , son of Richard Hughes , M.A. , vicar of S. Catherine's , Edge Hill , and grandson of John Hughes ( 1787 - 1860 ) . He was educated at the Liverpool College , and articled to Arthur Baker , F.R.I.B.A. , London , who restored several churches in North Wales , and whose daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth , he m. He started practice as an architect at Bangor about 1891 , and became A.R.I.B.A. In 1900 he was appointed diocesan surveyor and architect . In 1892 a water-colour of his ‘ The Bar Gate, Southampton ,’ was exhibited at the Royal Academy . Keenly interested in archaeology , and becoming a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association in 1892 , he soon began to contribute articles to Arch. Camb. In 1926 he became joint-editor of that journal and in 1930 was elected president of the society . He took part in the exploration of Tre'rceiri and Penmaen-mawr prehistoric camps . His publications include The Old Churches of Arllechwedd , and, in collaboration with H. L. North , The Old Cottages of Snowdonia , 1908 . He was responsible for the restoration of many churches in the diocese of Bangor . He was F.S.A. , and honorary M.A. ( 1928 ) of the University of Wales .

Hughes was a vice-president of the Royal Cambrian Academy , a member of the council of the National Museum of Wales from its foundation, and a member of the royal commission on Ancient Monuments (Wales) from 1935 . He died 7 Jan. 1940 , and was buried in the island churchyard of Llandysilio , Menai Bridge , which is dominated by the large Celtic Cross which he designed as a memorial to the fallen in the first World War ( 1914-19 ).


  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1940 , 85-7.


Canon Ellis Davies, M.A., F.S.A., (1872-1962), Caerwys

Published date: 1959