James Adams was an architect active in the early-19th century. He was the son of the surveyor, James Adams of Plymouth, England. From 1806 to 1809 Adams was a pupil of Sir John Soane. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1808 and, a year later, was awarded the Gold Medal. Adams was especially active around Plymouth from 1818, until his death in 1850. A. F. Livesay studied under him.
Colvin, Howard, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), p. 66.