About this Project
The James Pigott Pritchett project originated in 2010. At that time I was working for The Churches Conservation Trust, based in Holy Trinity in Goodramgate in York, and during my walk to work I passed numerous buildings designed by Pritchett. The beginning and end of my daily perambulations were marked by two - I lived opposite the cemetery, Pritchett's neo-classical chapel rising majestically out of its peaceful surroundings on misty mornings, and the early Gothic revival York Minster Song School immediately outside my office window. I became fascinated by the work of this previously unfamiliar but prolific northern architect and began noting his buildings. The inception of this website and database has come about after some years on the drawing board.
In 2019 I was joined by Rob Andrews, whom I had known for several years and who provided the catalyst to finally put this together. I first met Rob during my tenure as the volunteer coordinator at The Churches Conservation Trust; he became a volunteer helping with the conservation of the CCT's historic churches across Yorkshire and the North East of England. As a graduate from the University of York's PgDip in Parish Churches and with an immeasurable passion for historic buildings, Rob and I decided to finally bring this project to fruition.
Over the coming year (COVID restrictions permitting) we are hoping to photograph and catalogue Pritchett's achievements across the north of England. We are also interested in work towards which he would have contributed or influenced the architecture in collaboration with others, along with works which may only have reached proposal stage and never built. We will also catalogue works by Charles Pigott Pritchett, his son by his first marriage, in addition to his son by his second marriage, also James, who adopted his father's profession further north in Darlington.
The fully searchable database on this website will offer an extensive catalogue of Pritchett's work. Other pages explore his personal life.
We are interested in working with others with an interest in James Pigott Pritchett. If you would like to help or contribute, we would be interested in hearing from you. Please visit the contact page.
The website does take some time to manage, there are costs involved, including web hosting and travel expenses. If you would like to donate to the project, please send donations via Paypal to email@example.com.
Graham White, Saffron Walden, 30th December 2020
Graham has had a lifelong interest in history and a passion for buildings. He joined the campaign to save the Theatre Royal in Chatham in the late 1990s, creating the Theatre Royal Chatham Trust 's first website and eventually joining the board of directors (click here for more information). He spent his early career as an information-technology professional but he sold up in 2003 to commence full-time study at the University of Kent at Canterbury where he attained a first-class honours degree in History and Archaeological Studies. His dissertation, a study of the impact of the arrival of the friars in the 13th century was highly acclaimed and he won several awards for his research. He completed his MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York in 2008, his dissertation examining the reconstruction of English parish churches in the fifteenth century. During that time he worked as a research assistant supporting a PhD project examining the archaeology of workhouses in the 1800s, when he finally discovered material culture post-1600! His specialism is the development of medieval parish churches between the 597AD and the 16th-century Reformation, a subject in which he authored a course at the University of York Centre for Lifelong Learning and taught between 2009 and 2016. Between those years he also worked full-time for The Churches Conservation Trust as the field officer for Yorkshire and the North East of England. He is a trustee and Honorary Membership Secretary of the Ecclesiological Society, continues to research historic buildings and landscapes and supports heritage organisations. Click here for more information at www.libervitae.co.uk.
Rob has a similar passion for historic buildings, having originally come to study history from a university background in Fine Art. He specialises in the study of the York’s medieval parish churches and their ecclesiological and associated histories.
Rob received a Merit in the PGDip Parish Church Studies: Heritage, History and Fabric at the University of York in 2019, having previously completed a BA in the History of Art also at York in 2016. He continues to apply his research and presentation skills in support of independently organised walking tours of historic churches in York, alongside a career with the Anglican Diocese of Leeds Education team. He is Publicity Officer for the Society for Church Archaeology (2021 - ) and as of 2021 Conference Director for the Ecclesiological Society. Rob is a regular guest speaker at the annual PGDip residential weekend in York for students at the University of York. Having originally supported Graham as a volunteer with the Churches Conservation Trust in York, Rob has contributed his research skills to a variety of interpretation projects and assisted in the delivery of their Northern heritage tours in 2018.