Online Talk: The Work of Horace Jones, the Architect who Designed Tower Bridge

This talk will explore the life and work of Sir Horace Jones (1819-1887), chief architect to the City of London who designed many of its most famous buildings including Tower Bridge, Smithfield, Leadenhall and Billingsgate markets, and the Temple Bar memorial. Despite the popularity of his works, Jones himself is surprisingly little known, and is held in generally low regard by the architectural profession.

Drawing on his new biography of Horace Jones (the first ever published) David Lascelles will provide a unique insight into his life and work, the sources of his inspiration, the battles he fought to get his buildings completed and his surviving legacy. He will also discuss the reasons why Jones has fallen into obscurity while his creations continue to rise in popularity. There is no blue plaque to Jones, for example, and his name does not appear on the commemorative brass plates on Tower Bridge.

David Lascelles is a former journalist for the Financial Times where his work brought him into constant contact with Jones’ creations in the City. He also lives in a house in Kentish Town that Jones designed as a young man. It was the discovery of the Jones “black hole” that prompted him to write this biography.

All attendees will be sent a recording of the talk.

Image: Opening ceremony by William Lionel Wyllie, Guildhall Gallery © City of London Corporation

Ticket Price: £6
Date: September 17th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm