Chamberlain, John Henry

BORN 21 Jun 1831, Leicester - DIED 22 Oct 1883, Birmingham
GRAVE LOCATION Birmingham, West Midlands: Key Hill Cemetery, Icknield Street, Hockley (Plot 701.K)

John Henry Chamberlain was the son of a Baptist minister. He was trained as an architect in Birmimgham, London and Italy. In 1853 he settled in Birmingham where one of his first buildings, Eld's house at 12 Ampton Road, Edgbaston (1855) still survives.

He worked in Leicester and Birmingham but things didn't go too well and he considered moving to New Zealand after here received an offer to design the Cathedral of Christchurch. But he stayed in Birmimgham and entered into a cooperation with the more successful architect William Martin. This led to many commissions and they built libraties, hospitals and other public utilities. He also built houses for rich local people, among them Highbury Hall, once the home of Joseph Chamberlain and now the residence of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

Shortly after he finished the design of the Birmingham School of Art he died in 1883. It was built by William Martin and his son Frederick Martin.


The grave of John Henry Chamberlain at Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham.
Picture by Androom (11 Aug 2011)


John Henry Chamberlain - Wikipedia

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Published: 27 Apr 2015
Last update: 08 Mar 2022