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).
A large number of his drawings are in the RIBA drawings collection, now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Cromer Hall, Cromer, Norfolk, 1829
- Elmham Hall, Norfolk (Demolished)
- Hillington Hall, Norfolk (Demolished)
- Watlington Hall, Norfolk (Demolished)
- Pickenham Hall, South Pickenham, Norfolk (Demolished). Between 1902 and 1905 architect Robert Weir Schultz extensively rebuilt and enlarged the hall, incorporating the previous house, in the Arts and Crafts style.
- improvements to Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
- Upton Hall, near Southwell, Nottinghamshire
- Highcliffe Castle near Christchurch, Dorset (from 1830)
- workhouses in Ely (1837) and Wisbech (1838) (Cambridgeshire), Aylsham (1848-9) and Downham Market (Norfolk) and Oakham and Uppingham (Rutland)
- Sessions House, Peterborough (completed 1842)
- Holy Trinity Church, Upper Dicker, East Sussex (1843)
- The Old Rectory, Dummer, near Basingstoke, Hampshire (1850)
- Home Farm, Marham, Norfolk (completed 1860). Gothic house with classical stables, all grade II listed.
- Port, M.H. "Founders of the Royal Institute of British Architects (act. 1834–1835)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=200199 (retrieved Oct 2010)
- https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/155845 (retrieved Oct 2010)
- http://www.roughwood.net/ChurchAlbum/EastSussex/Hellingly/UpperDickerHolyTrinity2004.htm (retrieved Oct 2010)
- http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-138560-the-old-rectory-dummer (retrieved Oct 2010)
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