James Pennethorne

I am, for obvious reasons, interested in the architect James Pennethorne, the architect at the Office of Works who was responsible for the design of the University of London building on Burlington Gardens, now owned by the Royal Academy.   What I hadn’t realised is how important he is to the East End too.   Following his appointment as architect and surveyor to the commissioners of metropolitan improvements in 1839, he was responsible for the construction of Commercial Street in the 1840s to divert traffic from the docks away from the city and through the slums of Whitechapel to Christ Church, Spitalfields.   More importantly, he was the person who drew up the plans for Victoria Park, laid out for the benefit of the working classes and based on the ideas of his mentor and teacher, John Nash.

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4 thoughts on “James Pennethorne

  1. Edward Chaney says:

    Strongly recommended is my old chum, Geoffrey Tyack’s Sir James Pennethorne and the Making of Victorian London, Cambridge 1992, though they’ve fulishisly let it go out of print… Geoffrey has since published lots on Nash also, as you (and yr learned son) no doubt know… x e

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  2. Mark Fisher says:

    Nick Grimshaw : Let us not forget the sweep and curve of the platform that served the EuroExpress platform at Victoria Station – a line worthy of Matcham that gave an arrival in London not equalled by any other station.

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