A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

John Middleton and Son, Architects

The Full Text of Brian’s Life of John Middleton (2004)

Brian wrote in the beginning of ‘John Middleton – Victorian, Provincial Architect’ – ‘A more detailed and comprehensive version of this book, fully referenced and annotated can be seen at the following Centres:

Cheltenham Reference Library; Gloucestershire Archives; Darlington Library, Centre for Local Studies; Durham County Record Office; Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York; National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Carmarthen; Cardigan Record Office, Aberystwyth; Pembrokeshire Record Office, Haverford West.’

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One comment on “John Middleton and Son, Architects

  1. Richard Barton
    October 30, 2017

    Closure of Clearwell Cemetery Chapel.
    Concerns for public safety at Clearwell cemetery chapel have led to it being fenced off and
    access forbidden as the entrance door is in danger of collapse from the weight of the
    damaged rose window above it, caused by a large tree growing next to the chapel door.
    The tree was recently cut down in the hope that this will prevent further movement to the
    west wall but it will take some time to know to what degree the wall has stabilised.
    The Cemetery (Mortuary) Chapel was designed by the renowned Gothic Revival architect
    John Middleton in 1867. Middleton was engaged by the Dowager Countess Caroline
    Dunraven whose family owned the estate at Clearwell until the late 19th century. Caroline’s
    ancestor bought the estate in 1642 and Thomas Wyndham built Clearwell Court 1727. The
    Countess engaged Middleton on the remodelling of Clearwell Court, she also used his
    services in the design for the building of St Peter’s Church 1866, a fine example of Gothic
    Revival style. Middleton was responsible for designing the frontal of St Anne’s well,
    repairing the 14th Century cross and designing the Cottage Hospital which is now
    Dunraven House.
    Clearwell has been referred to as ‘John Middleton Village’ as it has the largest collection of
    his work in one place in the UK. This is a remarkable accolade for Clearwell and offers an
    opportunity for the future enhancement of its architectural heritage in the form of a heritage
    John Middleton was a major designer of railway buildings for the Stockton and Darlington
    Railway Company before taking a mysterious career break in Italy and then coming to
    work in Gloucestershire several years later.
    The Parochial Church Council wishes to meet with those interested in finding a future for
    the chapel which is open to a range of possible re-uses. ‘Our aim’, said the Interim Minster
    the Rev Alan Wearmouth, ‘is to preserve this historical building for which our parish has no
    use and which we cannot afford to repair and maintain. It would be a sad loss if it was to
    fall into total disrepair’. The Parochial Church Council is anxious to ensure that local family
    associations are respected , as for example, in caring for various plaques which are
    contained within the building.
    The Parochial Church Council would also like to hear from anyone with the requisite skills
    and equipment to remove diseased trees and those growing too close to the chapel. They
    would be glad for someone to take down the trees and remove the firewood.
    A public meeting will be held at Clearwell, in the meantime anyone interested should
    contact the Parish Co-ordinator Alison Stuttard on 01594 368849.
    Mid-Wyedean Parish
    6a St John’s Street
    Coleford GL16 8AR

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