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Thanks – and a piece in praise of local architect John Buonarotti Papworth

Time to say a big thank you to all paxtonvic blog readers – paxtonvic was born 6 weeks ago and has had to date 1,146 views – I really hope you enjoy the daily entries on, well, all sorts of subjects – and I very much enjoy writing them.

Have spent a lot of my  ” day off ” tidying up the vicarage garden for its viewing by the public  on Sunday  and  cleaning the kitchen so that it doesnt contravene any health and safety requirements when lunches are served! Also tidying the house so that it is  respectable for the two visitors, Mary and Vince,  I have staying this week-end.  I’m not a Domestic Goddess – so all of that has left we weak at the knees!

Here’s a photo of a memorial stone  in Little Paxton church I took another look at this morning-  that of  John  Buonarotti  Papworth.

john buonarotti papworth

It lies on the north side of the churchyard and in the book ” The History of Little Paxton” published in 1989 Mr David Broad tells us a fair amount  about him.  Mr Papworth was at one time Vice-President of the Royal Institution of Bristish Architects and also, as it says on his memorial stone, architect to the King of Wurtenberg. He worked from the late 18th century into the mid 19th century and has strong connections with the village of Little Paxton. His father John was also an architect, plasterer and stuccoist and was apparantly able to work with both hands at the same time (ambidexterous).  This John’s second son was our John Buonarotti  ( born in  Middlesex in 1775) who became a aclaimed architect himself and especially  achieved fame in landscape gardening. He had clients  in the royal family – and I’m sure you all want to know, obtained a warrent from that King of Wutenberg for the creation of the Palace and English Park at Kaunstadt.  John was also a writter of books on landscaping and a considerable artist.

In addition to being a town planner in Cheltenham (1820s) Papworth was also responsible for a series of works at a number of country houses. Such commissions included: Laleham Park, Middlesex (1803-6); Leigham Court, Streatham (1820-22); as well as the lodges and entrance gateways at Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire (1821-42).

If you want to read about his long professional relationship with his wealthy patron James Morrison go to :

NPG 2515(53), John Buonarotti Papworth John Buonarotti Papworth by William Brockedon ( in the National Portrait Gallery)

After ill health, John came back to Little Paxton in 1847 and lived in a house designed by him many years before for his aunt, Mary Papworth – the property now known as Rose Lawn.  Sadly he had little time for retirement and  died June 16th 1847 .

So, one of Little Paxton’s most gifted sons. I wonder where the middle name Buonarotti came from?

Praise God for the gifts he gives us, be they great or small – and may we ever use them to bring love, pleasure and peace to our troubled world.

June 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Congrats on the number of hits, could you put a link to Little Paxton Church web site in the bit about Annette.

    See you tomorrow.


    Comment by Peter Hagger | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hi Annette-many thanks for your hospitality at the weekend as I really enjoyed visiting you. It was a welcome change from my normal weekends meeting different people like Eric and being made so welcome by your church congregation.

    Hope we can return the same when you visit Mary.

    All the best for now.

    Comment by Vince | June 22, 2009 | Reply

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