Thomas Rickman & The Victorians


Rickman’s personal and professional networks were extensive. Although a Quaker, the Anglican clergy were his most significant group of patrons and the Church Building Act of 1818 launched his career. The seeming paradox of a Quaker accountant in Liverpool becoming a major builder of Anglican Commissioners’ Churches is one of the many themes this volume explores. Special offer £10 off for a limited time!

The eight articles in this issue of Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design were developed at a 2017  University of Liverpool conference commemorating the bicentenary of Quaker architect Thomas Rickman ’s (1776-1841) Victorian architectural bestseller and ground-breaking hand book, ‘An Attempt to Discriminate the Styles of English Architecture. Rickman was the first author to accurately identify and describe the phases of medieval architecture. He acquired a reputation as a Gothic architecture expert due to his book’s success and founded an architectural practice. Although Rickman died at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign he can be considered a ‘pre-Victorian’ architect as regards the design of parish churches and country houses in the 1820s and 30s.

Published 2019. Edited by Megan Aldrich & Alexandrina Buchanan, including articles by William Whyte and Joseph Sharples.

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