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Atkinson, Thomas (bap. 1729, d. 1798), architect and mason, was baptized on 22 June 1729 at Holy Trinity Church, King's Court, York, the son of Thomas Atkinson (d. 1765), a mason, and his wife, Jane Marshall. He worked with his father on ...

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Beverley, Robert of (d. 1285), master mason and sculptor, is first recorded in 1253, when he received £1 12s. for carving four vault-bosses for Westminster Abbey. In 1259 he was paid 3s. per week while working at Westminster Palace under Master John of Gloucester...

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Brown, Richard (1736–1816), stonemason and manufacturer of decorative stone, was born in Derby and baptized at the collegiate church of All Saints on 25 July 1736, son of Richard Browne [Richard [i] Brown] (1700–1756), mason, and his second wife, Ann, née...

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Canterbury, Michael (fl. 1275–1321), master mason, appears to have been a native of Canterbury, where he is first recorded as master mason to the cathedral priory. In 1275/6 and 1277 the treasurer of the priory paid him wages and travel expenses for his work on the new 'prior's house' (in reality a row of high-quality stone-built houses for rent) in ...

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W. E. A. Axon

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Castillo, John (1792–1845), stonemason, poet, and preacher, was born at Rathfarnham, near Dublin. When he was two or three years old his parents, who were Roman Catholics, emigrated to England, and on the voyage were shipwrecked off the Isle of Man. They settled in the hamlet of ...

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Cure family (per. c. 1540–c. 1620), masons and sculptors, worked in London. William Cure the elder (1514/15–1579) was born in Holland and was brought over to England in 1541 or 1542 to work on Nonsuch Palace for Henry VIII. He became an English citizen in 1552, married an Englishwoman, ...

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Grumbold, Robert (bap. 1639, d. 1720), mason and architect, was baptized in June 1639 at Raunds, Northamptonshire, the son of Edward and Mary Grumbold, and was a member of a family of masons originating at the quarry villages of Raunds and Weldon which was active in the ...

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Henry [Henry de Reyns; called Master Henry] (fl. 1243–1253), master mason, was invariably called ‘Henry’ or ‘Master Henry’ during his lifetime. However, a charter issued by his son Hugh in 1261 refers to him as 'de Reyns'; and following much discussion it is now generally agreed that this refers to ...

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Janyns, Henry (fl. 1453–1483), master mason, was probably the son of Robert Janyns senior, master mason of the tower of Merton College chapel, Oxford (begun 1448), and warden of the masons at Eton College from 1449. By 1453/4 John Clerk was the warden at ...

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L. H. Cust

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Kendall, John (1768/9–1829), architect and stonemason, was the youngest of four children of Edward Kendall (d. 1796) of Exeter, monumental sculptor and mason, and his wife, Mary (bap. 1738, d. 1831), daughter of James and Elizabeth Rennel of Kingsteignton. He probably attended ...

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John Harvey

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Lewyn, John (fl. 1364–1398), master mason, is first recorded in 1364 working at Coldingham Priory, a Scottish dependency of Durham Cathedral priory. At Durham itself he had charge of building the kitchen serving the monks' refectory in 1367–74, during which period he was paid ...

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Marshall, Edward (1597/8–1675), sculptor and master mason, was apprenticed to John Clerke under the auspices of the Masons' Company of London; he became free of the company in 1627, a liveryman in 1630–31, and served as warden in 1642–3 and 1646–7, and as master in 1649–50. On 26 June 1627 he married ...

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McGill, Alexander (c. 1680–1734), mason and architect, was the son of George McGill, minister of Arbirlot in Forfarshire (c.1641–1691×1702), and his wife, Margaret Guthrie. In 1697 he was apprenticed to Alexander Nisbet, an Edinburgh mason with strong professional connections in Forfarshire...