Kenton Couse

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Kenton Couse
Born(1721-03-01)1 March 1721
Bermondsey, London, England
Died10 October 1790(1790-10-10) (aged 69)
Projects10 Downing Street
Richmond Bridge
Normanton Hall

Kenton Couse (1721 – 10 October 1790) was an English architect. He was apprenticed to Henry Flitcroft whose patronage obtained him posts in the Office of Works. Couse subsequently became Secretary to the Board of Works from 1775 to 1782. His most famous work as an architect was the remodelling of 10 Downing Street from 1766 to 1775. Additionally, he was co-designer of the Richmond Bridge in London, surveyor of Chertsey Bridge in Surrey, and a designer of the since demolished Normanton Hall in Rutland.


Couse was born on 1 March 1721, the eldest son and only surviving child of Josias Couse (1693?–1755), a goldsmith and linen draper of Cheapside, London, and his wife, Margaret (1698–?), daughter of Alexander Kenton, master mariner.[1]

In 1756, politician Charles Townshend ordered Couse to renovate the door of 10 Downing Street, resulting in an unassuming and narrow Georgian style doorway, consisting of a single white stone step leading to a modest brick front. It was probably not completed until 1772.


  • H.M. Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840 (1997) ISBN 0-300-07207-4