William Donthorne

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Aylsham workhouse, south elevation

William John Donthorne (1799–1859) was a notable early 19th-century English architect, and one of the founders of what became the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

He was born in Swaffham, Norfolk and a pupil of Sir Jeffry Wyattville. He worked both in the Gothic and Classical styles, but is perhaps best known for his severe Greek Revival country houses - most of which have been demolished.

In 1834 he was one of several prominent architects to form the Institute of British Architects in London (later RIBA).[1]

A large number of his drawings are in the RIBA drawings collection, now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Donthorne designed Holy Trinity Church at Upper Dicker in 1843.
Sessions House (1842), Thorpe Road, Peterborough.

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