Thomas Henry Wyatt
Thomas Henry Wyatt
|Born||9 May 1807|
Lough-Glin House, County Roscommon
|Died||5 August 1880 (aged 73)|
|Awards||Royal Gold Medal (1873)|
Thomas Henry Wyatt (9 May 1807 – 5 August 1880) was an Anglo-Irish architect. He had a prolific and distinguished career, being elected President of the Royal Institute of British Architects 1870–73 and being awarded its Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1873. His reputation during his lifetime was largely as a safe establishment figure, and critical assessment has been less favourable more recently, particularly in comparison with his younger brother, the better known Matthew Digby Wyatt.
Personal and family life
Wyatt was born at Lough-Glin House, County Roscommon. His father was Matthew Wyatt (1773–1831) a barrister and police magistrate for Roscommon and Lambeth. Wyatt is presumed to have moved to Lambeth with his father in 1825 and then initially embarked on a career as a merchant sailing to the Mediterranean, particularly Malta.
The Wyatts had been a significant architectural dynasty across the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
He began practice on his own account in 1832 when he was appointed District Surveyor for Hackney (a post he held until 1861). By 1838 he had acquired substantial patronage from the Duke of Beaufort, the Earl of Denbigh and Sidney Herbert and David Brandon joined him as partner. This partnership lasted until 1851.
Wyatt's son Matthew (1840–1892) became his father's partner in 1860.
Wyatt was appointed as consulting or honorary architect to a number of bodies including:
- the Institution of Civil Engineers
- The Athenaeum
- Governesses Benevolent Association
- Middlesex Hospital
- Lunacy Commissioners
- Incorporated Church Building Society
- Diocese of Salisbury
Wyatt worked in many styles ranging from the Italianate of Wilton through to the Gothic of many of his churches.
His practice was extensive with a large amount of work in Wiltshire largely as a result of his official position and the patronage of the Herbert family and in Monmouthshire through the Beaufort connection
This is a selective list of some of Wyatt's major works with some links to relevant information
|1839–40||Christ Church||Derry Hill|
|1843||St Mary||Codford St Mary|
|1843||St Mary and St Nicholas||Wilton|
|1843||Christ Church||Worton||with Brandon|
|1844||Holy Trinity||Dilton Marsh|
|1844||St John the Baptist||Horningsham||with Brandon, body of church|
|1841+||St Andrew||Newton Tony||with Brandon|
|1845||St Alfred the Great||Monkton Deverill||older tower|
|1846||St John the Evangelist||West Ashton|
|1847||All Saints||Westbury||alterations, west window|
|1840–50||St Nicholas||Cholderton||with Brandon|
|1849–50||St Martin||Salisbury||with Brandon, restoration|
|1854||All Saints||West Harnham|
|1854||All Saints||Burbage||south aisle 1876|
|1856||St Andrew||Littleton Drew|
|1860–61||St John||Bemerton||built for the Pembrokes of Wilton|
|1850–61||St Mary Magdalene||Woodborough||rebuilding|
|1861||St Katherine||Savernake Forest|
|1862||All Saints||Sutton Mandeville|
|1862||St Andrew||South Newton|
|1862||St Nicholas||North Bradley|
|1862–63||SS Peter & Paul||Marlborough|
|1864||St Nicholas||Little Langford|
|1866||Holy Trinity||Fonthill Gifford|
|1867–68||St Michael||Winterbourne Earls|
|1868||St Michael||Little Bedwyn||vestry and restoration|
|1878||St John the Baptist||Hindon|
|1879||All Saints||Fonthill Bishop|
|Rectory, St. Mary||Broughton Gifford|
|1856||Orchardleigh House||Nr Frome, Somerset|
The Hendre was built in 1837/9 near Monmouth for the Rolls family
Llantarnam Abbey was Wyatt's first (?) Monmouthshire house (1834–1835) for Reginald Blewitt. Large mansion in the Elizabethan style, built on a dissolution site. Once again an abbey, in possession of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Monmouth
Usk Sessions House
The Knightsbridge Barracks were built in 1878/9
Lancashire including Liverpool
Glamorgan and rest of Wales
- Thomas Henry Wyatt, National Portrait Gallery, London, accessed 8 September 2009
- Obituary in Builder get proper citation
- APSD entry
- List provided by RIBA
- Thomas Henry Wyatt, DSA Architect Biography Report, accessed December 2011
- "History of St Thomas the Martyr". Monmouth Parishes. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- Historic England. "Exchange Buildings (11245031)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
- Pevsner & Sherwood, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, 1974, p. 847
- Media related to Thomas Henry Wyatt at Wikimedia Commons
- Watercolour by Wyatt of his New Liverpool Exchange, 1860s or 1870s