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Can you help trace this 19th century mason?

17 September 2012

The National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) is asking for help with information about a 19th century mason called G P White of London.

NAMM has received an enquiry from Andrew Fox who is trying to trace his ancestor. Andrew has contact NAMM in the hope that somebody might be able to tell him with a bit more information about Mr White.

NAMM has put out a general call for any infromation that the industry might have. If you do recall the individual or the company and could supply any information, Andrew Fox would be grateful to hear from you. His email address is at the bottom.

The email he sent is reproduced below:

Dear Sir or Madam,

“G. P. White of London”,

master carver / monumental mason / memorial mason / sculptor?

I am trying to find out any biographical information about a master carver / monumental mason / memorial mason / sculptor named “G. P. White” who was active in the mid-19th Century. He is described as being “of London”.

The only firm references that I have been able to locate are: -

St. Mary’s Church, Lambeth, London. 1851 the carving of a new font. 1853 the restoration of the Tradescant tomb.

Source: “Church of St Mary, Lambeth”, Survey of London: volume 23: Lambeth: South Bank and Vauxhall (1951), pp. 104-117.

The Chesapeake Memorial (1863), Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Architects: Willson and Nicholl.

Source: “The Builder”, 5 December 1863, page 862.

St. Peter’s (R.C.) Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.Architect: Henry Clutton (1819–1893).

1862-1864 the carving of the High Altar and, presumably, also the carving of the Lady Chapel Altar.

Source: “The Building News”, 26 August 1864; page 651, column 3; and page 652, column 1.

Although it is a real long-shot, I did wonder if your Association’s archives might have any information on this person.

With my best wishes.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Fox.


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