About this Project

This project was conceived in 2010. At that time I was working for The Churches Conservation Trust, based in Holy Trinity church in Goodramgate in York, and during my walk to work I passed numerous buildings designed by Pritchett. Two of his buildings marked the beginning and end of my daily perambulations. I rented a room opposite York cemetery, Pritchett's neo-classical chapel rising majestically out of its peaceful surroundings on misty mornings. The early Gothic-revival York Minster Song School was immediately opposite my office window.

As a result I became fascinated by the work of this previously unfamiliar but clearly prolific architect and began noting his buildings.

In 2019 I was joined by Rob Andrews, whom I had known for several years and who provided the catalyst of interest in Pritchett to finally create this website. I had first met Rob during my tenure as the Volunteer Coordinator at The Churches Conservation Trust when he became a volunteer, helping with the conservation of, and community involvement at, 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 his immeasurable passion for historic buildings, he was the perfect partner with whom I could finally bring this project to fruition.

At the beginning of 2020, COVID restrictions prohibited us visiting any of the buildings we had planned and the many archives with Pritchett documents in their collections remained closed, so the project was delayed for over a year. Since recovering, we have been able to make several trips to document and catalogue Pritchett's achievements across the north of England. As the project has developed, however, it has become apparent that the Pritchett family of architects, particularly during the later nineteenth century, were even more prolific and we had so far imagined, with buildings being uncovered stretching across a much greater geographical area. In fact, we have now discovered buildings by the Pritchetts as far south as Essex. What began as a Yorkshire-based research project has proliferated into something much larger, demanding greater amounts of time, energy and, indeed, travel expenses!

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 their personal lives.

We are also greatly interested in working with others with an interest in James Pigott Pritchett, as predecessors by whom they took inspiration, and of those whom they tutored. If you would like to help or contribute, we would be very 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 payments@gwimages.co.uk.

Graham White, 30th December 2020 

 

Graham White

Graham has had a lifelong passion for historic 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 597AD and the 16th-century Reformation, a subject in which he developed and taught a course at the University of York Centre for Lifelong Learning 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.

 

Robert Andrews

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 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. Rob has worked as a Church Buildings Officer for the Church Buildings Council, and most recently in the Church Buildings and Pastoral Reorganisation Team at the Anglican Diocese of Leeds. He is a former committee member of the Society for Church Archaeology and 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 and runs regularly walking tours of York's medieval parish churches. 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.

 

IMPORTANT: From February 2021 this website is continually being updated and developed as and when we are able to access archives and buildings. The Preliminary information recorded is subject to change as new information becomes available. Should there be any errors or inaccuracies, please contact us and we will verify and amend where appropriate. If you have an interest in James Pigott Pritchett, we would invite you to become involved so we can build a relevant and accurate resource for research into James Pigott Pritchett, his work, and that of this sons.