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John Thomas Micklethwaite

John Thomas Micklethwaite, architect and archaeologist and Surveyor of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey 1898-1906, is buried in the west cloister of the Abbey. His gravestone shows his coat of arms and the inscription:

J. T. Micklethwaite
Surveyor of the Fabric
Born 3 May 1843
Died 28 Oct 1906

He was born in Wakefield in Yorkshire a son of James Micklethwaite, a colliery owner, and his wife Sarah (Stanway). His childhood was spent at Hopton Hall, where the family had lived for more than two hundred years. He attended King's College London and in 1862 was articled to George Gilbert Scott, the famous Victorian architect. In partnership with Somers Clarke he designed several churches and restored others. At the Abbey he succeeded J.L. Pearson as Surveyor and devoted himself to the preservation of the fabric of the Abbey and its buildings and published several articles. For the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 he designed the Abbey frontal and copes and the new altar in St Edward the Confessor's chapel. In 1900 he was also made architect to St George's chapel, Windsor. He died unmarried. At the funeral the Dean of Westminster said of him:

...he gave his whole heart to this place, and jealously guarded every fragment that could tell of its long history.

His sister Ada gave money to set up an Abbey Museum (now closed) in the monastic Undercroft in 1908.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

"Surveyors of the Fabric of Westminster Abey 1827-1906. Reports & Letters" edited by Christine Reynolds (2011)

The late John Thomas Micklethwaite F.S.A. by W. Niven, 1907.

Born

3rd May 1843

Died

28th October 1906

Field

Architect

Location

Cloisters; West Cloister

Memorial Type

Grave

John Thomas Micklethwaite
J.T. Micklethwaite, Surveyor of the Fabric

Ref. Box 13, Abbey staff

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2018 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

John Thomas Micklethwaite
John Thomas Micklethwaite grave

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2018 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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