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James Pigott Pritchett (1789-1868)

Front Cover of James Pigott Pritchett Borthwick Publication



By Edward Royle; Borthwick Paper 133; ISBN 978-1-904497-71-4


Detailed Description

James Pigott Pritchett was one pf the most influential architects in Regency and early-Victorian Yorkshire,
working in partnership with Charles Watson from 1813 to 1830, and then on his own account. His styles
were eclectic – Classical for his larger chapels, country houses and public buildings, Perpendicular Gothic
for his Anglican churches, and Tudor Gothic for his vicarages and domestic buildings. As a resident of York
he was a leading member of the Congregational church in Lendal and a prominent figure in the social,
religious and intellectual life of the city during the first half of the nineteenth century. He was architect and
surveyor for successive Earls Fitzwilliam on their Yorkshire estates for which he designed several churches
and vicarages; and he enjoyed the patronage of the Ramsden Trustees, led by the 5 th Earl, in Huddersfield.
His Congregational connections brought him commissions to build chapels and schools for his
denomination and the wider Nonconformist body. He designed or added to several country houses, and in
the vicinity of the Minster he produced several buildings in the Tudor Gothic style for the Dean & Chapter,
including the new Deanery and the buildings for St Peter’s School. He is chiefly remembered in
Huddersfield for his rebuilt parish church (listed grade 2*) and the magnificent Grade 1 railway station; and
in York, where his public buildings include the Savings Bank and the frontage to the Assembly Rooms, and
the cemetery where the chapel, in the form of a Greek temple, is listed Grade 2*.