Anthony Salvin in Cumbria

Anthony Salvin in Cumbria

Anthony Salvin
Anthony Salvin

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described Anthony Salvin (1799-1881) as ‘the most successful restorer and purveyor of castles in the 2nd half of the 19th Century.’ He came from a Durham family, and went to London, where he became a pupil of John Nash.
He then started his own practice which lasted for some 60 years, where he became an expert in medieval fortifications, building and altering over 73 country houses.
He did much restoration work on Windsor Castle, and the Jewel House at The Tower of London. When building a new structure, such as Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, he created something as dramatic and powerful as a medieval castle might have been. His most attractive and interesting work is Harlaxton Manor, in Lincolnshire, in the Elizabethan and Jacobean style.
Salvin was elected a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1836, became vice-president in 1839 and in 1863 the Institute conferred it’s gold medal on him.

Some places in Cumbria designed by Anthony Salvin :
Carlisle – Station Hotel 1852
Farlam – St Thomas a Becket’s Church 1860
Hutton – St James’ Church
Keswick – St John’s Church 1838
Lazonby – St Nicholas’ Church 1863
Scotby – All Saints Church 1854
Patterdale – St Patrick’s Church 1853
Ulverston – Holy Trinity Church 1829
Some places in Cumbria reworked by Anthony Salvin :
Brampton – Lanercost Priory
Carlisle – Rose Castle 1852
Hutton-in-the-Forest 1860-80
Keswick – Derwent Isle
Muncaster Castle 1862
Muncaster – St Michael’s Church 1874
Greystoke Castle 1839-48

Salvin also designed or reworked several other houses
in Cumbria, which are not open to the public.
The book ‘Anthony Salvin: Pioneer of Gothic Revival Architecture’ by Jill Allibone, is a full-length study of the life and work of a leading domestic architect of the Victorian era, illustrated with original pictures, plans and photographs, and containing a full catalogue raisonné of all Salvin’s work. Published by Lutterworth Press, ISBN 0718827074.
Dear Mr Salvin by Anne Bonney is the story of the building of the 19th Century Church of All Saints in Ulverston, Cumbria. The book contains the text of many letters between the Clerk of Works and the architect, Anthony Salvin, giving as complete a picture as possible of the building of a 19th Century ‘Commissioners Church’, and the many problems encountered. Published 1999 by Helm Press, Kendal, ISBN 0953183629.
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