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Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury


Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury
Architect and 'Inventor of Cast Iron Bridges'
by Julia Ionides

Published 1999
ISBN: 0-9528367-1-8
450 pages
327 black and white illustrations
Hardback

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Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury - Architect and 'Inventor of Cast Iron Bridges' by Julia Ionides

Thomas Farnolls Pritchard was the leading architect in Shropshire and the Border Marches in the mid-18th century. Croft Castle, Bitterley Court, Shipton Hall and the Guildhall, Ludlow are some of the many places that he worked on. He was a pioneer in the use of cast iron and drew the first designs for the Iron Bridge. The book includes a facsimile of the 88 pages of Pritchard's Drawing Book, which is now in the library of the American Institute of Architects, in Washington DC. The designs for such items as chimney pieces and monuments demonstrate Pritchard's skill, especially in Rococo-Gothick, as well as providing important details about his craftsmen, the time they took to carve the pieces and how much the work cost. The book gives valuable information about the work of one of the country's most notable provincial architects.

Funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Marc Fitch Fund, The Walker Trust of Shrewsbury and the Scouloudi Foundation Historical Awards.

 

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