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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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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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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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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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Newport, Alexander of [called Alexander the Mason] (fl. c. 1235–1257), master mason, was the son of Odo of Newport in Lincoln. First recorded in the mid-1230s, by 1240 he had become master mason of the fabric of Lincoln Cathedral, and it was probably in that capacity that between 1245 and 1248 the dean and chapter granted him a messuage in ...

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Orchard, William (d. 1504), master mason, was undoubtedly the foremost master mason active in Oxford during the late fifteenth century. From 1468 he had charge of the building of Magdalen College, newly founded by Bishop William Waynflete of Winchester (d. 1486). After the erection of the wall surrounding the site and the laying out of the buildings in 1473, the progress of the works was rapid. In 1474 the college paid ...

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Ramsey, William (d. 1349), master mason, belonged to a family which included several master masons active in Norwich and London in the first half of the fourteenth century. He is first documented in 1323 and 1325 working as an ordinary cutting mason at ...

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Redman, Henry (d. 1528), master mason, was the son of Thomas Redman (d. 1516), a mason, and, presumably, of his wife in 1516, Alice. Henry's will of 1 July 1528 reveals him to be of the family of ‘Reedmans’ living 'besyde our ...

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Vertue, Robert (d. 1506), master mason, was the son of Adam Vertue (fl. 1475–1485), an ordinary working mason at Westminster Abbey and Eltham Palace. Robert's younger brother William Vertue (d. 1527) was also a master mason. Robert worked almost continuously as an ordinary mason on the nave of ...

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Wastell, John (d. c. 1518), master mason, was probably born c.1460. He first appears in 1485 in Cambridge with Simon Clerk (d. 1489), then master mason of King's College chapel, in association with a contract for work on the church at ...

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William the Englishman (fl. 1179–1185), master mason, is known only from references to his appointment as master mason in the treatise De combustione by Gervase of Canterbury. In this unique eyewitness account of the rebuilding of a major medieval church, Gervase details the process of reconstruction of the east end of ...