John Prichard

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The grave of John Prichard situated in the grounds of Llandaff Cathedral

John Prichard (6 May 1817 – 13 October 1886) was a Welsh architect in the neo-Gothic style.[1] As diocesan architect of Llandaff, he was involved in the building or restoration of many churches in south Wales.


John Prichard was born in Llangan, Glamorgan, on 6 May 1817, the twelfth son of the rector Richard Prichard, who served as vicar-choral of Llandaff for 35 years.[2] He was descended from the Prichard family of Collenna.[3] John Prichard trained as an architect under Thomas Larkins Walker, and as a result was deeply influenced by the ideas of Augustus Pugin; much of his work was in a neo-Gothic style.[4]

He established a practice in Llandaff, Cardiff, becoming the official diocesan architect in 1847.[5][6] Between 1852 and 1863 he was in partnership with John Pollard Seddon. Many of his major commissions were restoration works, most famously for Llandaff Cathedral (1843–69); Prichard and Seddon worked on the cathedral from the 1840s until 1869, when the south-western tower was completed (to Prichard's own design).[7] Much of their work was destroyed by enemy bombing during the Second World War.[8]

Prichard died, unmarried and childless, at the age of 69, and is buried on the south side of the cathedral.[9] On Prichard's death, Seddon succeeded him as diocesan architect.[10]

The Prichard Bridge, named after the architect, was built in about 1880 to allow carriages to cross the feeder channel between the River Taff and the Llandaff corn mill.[11] It is a Grade II listed building. The mill was demolished in about 1932 and the stream no longer exists; the lower part of the bridge is buried and no longer visible.[12]

One of the few secular buildings on which Prichard & Seddon worked was Ettington Park, where Prichard's brother Richard was vicar.[13] Prichard also designed Nazareth House, a Catholic almshouse built on land donated by John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute. The chapel of the latter was not Prichard's work; it was added later.[14]



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  10. ^ The Red Dragon: The National Magazine of Wales. Daniel Owen, Howell and Company. 1886. 
  11. ^ "Prichard Bridge". People's Collection Wales. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Bridge to north extension of Graveyard of Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul, Llandaff". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
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