Frederick Preedy

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Frederick Preedy (2 June 1820 – 28 March 1898) was an architect and glass painter in England.

Life[edit]

Preedy was born in Offenham near Evesham in Worcestershire and died at his son's home in Croydon. During his early life his family moved from Offenham to nearby Fladbury. Following his death a memorial was erected to him in the church of St John the Baptist, Fladbury, Worcestershire. This also remembers his wife Mary (1831 - 1889), and daughter Alice Mary (1860 - 1899). He was buried at Foxham in Wiltshire.

Career[edit]

He trained as an architect in Worcester with Harvey Eginton.[1] Following the early death of Eginton in 1849 he set up his own architectural practice in Worcester. In 1860 he moved his business to London.

For his early churches he commissioned stained glass windows from George Rogers in Worcester, but after around 1853 began to make his own glass. He is thought to be the only architect of his time who also both designed and made his stained glass windows.[2] His legacy includes windows in Worcester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and Ely Cathedral, and numerous parish churches, particularly in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Norfolk.[2]

New buildings[edit]

  • Arrow, Warwickshire. Rectory and Village School, 1865. (5)
  • Ashperton, Herefordshire. Village School, 1856. (5)
  • Binton, Warwickshire. Church of St Peter, 1876/76. (5)
  • Birmingham, St Anne's Church, Moseley. 1873/74 (5)
  • Birmingham, All Saints' Church, King's Heath - 1860 (with Edward Holmes)[3] (5)
  • Bishampton, Worcestershire. Church of St James, completely rebuilt except for west tower, 1869/70. (5)
  • Callow End, Near Worcester. Village School, 1870. (5)
  • Cookhill, Worcestershire. Church of St Paul, 1875. (5)
  • Crowle, Worcestershire. Church of St John the Baptist, completely rebuilt incl the tower, 1881/82. (5)
  • Evesham, Worcestershire. Evesham Union Workhouse Chapel, 1879/80 (5)
  • Fladbury, Worcestershire. Village School, 1865.
  • Gorefield, Cambridgeshire. Church of St Paul, 1869/71. (5)
  • Hollybush, Worcestershire. Church of All Saints, 1869. (5)
  • Hunstanton, Norfolk. Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr, 1865. (5)
  • Little Dewchurch, Herefordshire. Church of St David, completely rebuilt except for the tower, 1869/70.
  • Lower Moor, Worcestershire. Church of St Thomas, 1868/69. (5)
  • Madresfield, Worcestershire. Church of St Mary, 1866/67. (5)
  • Madresfield, Worcestershire. Village School, 1866. (5)
  • Offenham, Worcestershire. Church of St Mary and St Milburgh, completely rebuilt except for west tower, 1861 (5)
  • Pedmore, Worcestershire (now West Midlands). Church of St Peter, completely rebuilt except for the west tower, 1869/71. (5)
  • Powick, Worcestershire. Village School, 1871. (5)
  • Redditch, Worcestershire. Church of St George the Martyr, 1876. (5)
  • Redditch, Webheath, Worcestershire. Church of St Philip, 1870. (5)
  • Storridge, Herefordshire. Church of St John the Evangelist, 1855/56. (Preedy's first new church.) (5)
  • Storridge, Herefordshire. New Vicarage. 1856. (5)
  • Temple Grafton, Warwickshire. Church of St Andrew, 1875. (5)
  • Weston-sub-Edge, Gloucestershire. New village school and teachers house, 1852. (5)
  • City of Worcester, Church of St Mary Magdelene, 1876/77. (5)
  • City of Worcester, (Barbourne). Church of St Stephen, 1861/62. (5)
  • Wythall, Worcestershire. Church of St Mary the Virgin, 1862. (Preedy's only church built in brick. (5)



Restoration work[edit]

Stained glass[edit]

East window of St Mary's Church, Old Hunstanton

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Worcestershire. Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ The Stained Glass of Frederick Preedy (1820-1898): A Catalogue of Designs. Michael Kerney, Ecclesiological Society. 2001.
  3. ^ Birmingham Gazette - Saturday 28 July 1860
  4. ^ Tamworth Herald - Saturday 19 August 1876

5. Frederick Preedy. Gordon Barnes, Vale of Evesham Historical Society, 1984