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 married. 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 Archæologia Cambrensis 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 January 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).
Published date: 1959
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