Joseph Pickford-The famous British architect

Joseph Pickford (1734-1782) is a British architect, one of the leading architects in the reign of George III.


Pickforn born in Warwickshire in 1736 but in childhood moved to London when his father died. Training was initially conducted by his uncle who was a stonemason and sculptor, at his home in Hyde Park, London. Pickford worked with his uncle about ten years, originally trained as a builder and then as an architect.

Pickford a ketia never have offices in London and Derby. As the architect moved to Derby around 1760, where he became an agent Foremarke Hall architect David Hiorne of Warwick.

He was the son of Thomas menkahi Maria Wilkins, chief agent Wenman Coke of Longford Hall, Derbyshire,  in which the work moving around Pickford 1762. The house he designed himself, 41 Friar Gate, now is the Pickford House Museum as well as preserved buildings that Level I. However, since April 2006 this building was open only to groups that have signed up for a visit.

Pickford lot of work in the Midland area, generally designing urban and rural homes with Palladian style. Many friends and customers is a member of the Lunar Society, including the potter Josiah Wedgwood, the inventor of the painter Joseph Wright and Matthew Boulton and John Whitehurst.

Important works

St Helen's house, King Street, Derby, Derbyshire (1766-67) for John Gisbourne.

Hams Hall, Coleshill, Warwickshire for Adderely CB (1768, was torn down).

Etruria Hall, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire for Josiah Wedgwood (1768-70, now a part of a hotel).

St Mary's Church, Birmingham, West Midlands (1773-4, has been torn down).

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