A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode
Here you will find references and notes concerning four firms of ecclesiastical stone carvers. The largest of these was the firm of R. L. Boulton & Sons of Cheltenham who supplied a wide range of church furnishings to customers throughout the world. Gradually A. B. Wall and, for a time, W. H. Best developed their own businesses in Cheltenham too. The fourth sculptor James Ovens, was an apprentice of Boulton who went on to work in Dublin, Preston and Norwich. Any additional information about these four craftsmen and their associates would be greatly appreciated.
The competitors of R. L. Boulton & Sons, Herbert Henry Martyn and Alfred Jeffrey Emms, are not included here as their contribution has been fully researched and published by John Whitaker in 1985. See ‘The Best: History of H. H. Martyn and Co., Carvers in Wood, Stone and Marble, Casters in Bronze, Founders of Gloster Aircraft Ltd.’.
To download the following set of notes about the firm of R. L. Boulton & Sons of Cheltenham, compiled by Brian Torode and Richard Barton, please press the link below:
Another large firm was that of Alfred Bernard Wall of the Catholic Art Works, Prestbury Road, Whaddon: