ADAMS, Harry Percy

1865 - 1930

Harry Percy Adams, was born at Ipswich on 26 October 1865, son of Webster Adams (1840-1900), surgeon of Ipswich, and his wife Alice née Heal (1840-1888), and grandson of John Harris Heal (1811-1876), bedding manufacturer, of Church End, Finchley, with whom he was living in 1871 [see also Theresa Adams]. Educated at Epsom College with his older brother, Webster Angell Adams (1864–1895), leaving in 1879 for Gould House, Dedham, Essex. Harry studied at Ipswich School of Science and Art receiving his excellent pass certificate and prize in 1884 and then studied at South Kensington School of Art and articled to architect Brightwen Binyon [q.v.], then of Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1887-1888, of Fore Street, Ipswich, he had exhibited in 1883 a plaque also in 1886 a watercolour ‘Old Windmill’ and two monochrome sketches, ‘St Martin’s Church, Cologne’ and ‘Tomb of Sir Walter Scott.’ An architectural artist who also exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1888. He specialised in the planning of hospitals and built the King Edward VII Sanatorium at Midhurst, Surrey and his firm, Adams, Holden & Pearson, were responsible for the Underground Railway offices at St James's Park, the sculptures on this imposing building, by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and other artists, created something of a sensation when they were disclosed in 1929 and for this building the firm was awarded the RIBA London Architecture Medal for that year. Percy married at Ipswich on 22 May 1890, Cecilia Clara Staddon, who died in childbirth at St Pancras, London early the following year, aged 22, and secondly on 10 February 1898, another Suffolk girl, 23 year old Alice Mildred Fulcher, the former wife of James Francis Mathieson, a printer, who married on 7 June 1894 and divorced in 1897, on her adultery with Adams. They moved to 28 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, but Percy retained offices at Tower Street, Ipswich. Of 7 Knightsbridge, London, SW.1., Harry died at Westminster Hospital, London on 7 April 1930, aged 64, leaving a wife and three children, Percy Webster, Basil Mallandaine and Kathleen Mildred. (The Records of the Heal Family (Privately Printed & Published 1932).