George Fellowes Prynne

 

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There follows a catalogue of all George Fellowes Prynne’s work known by the author to have been carried out or planned, including work outstanding at his death. In the case of churches totally or almost totally by him, a fairly detailed description is usually given. Wherever possible dates, costs and details of craftsmen are included for interest.

Much of the information on contractors was obtained from a contemporary publication entitled Examples of Modern Architects devoted to George Fellowes Prynne, which has only been seen by the author in the Fellowes-Prynne family collection. In some instances, it is only the mention of locations in the contractors’ advertisements which give any reference to Fellowes Prynne having worked there. Information also came from records such as those still existing from the firm of Dart and Francis – which are not a complete record, and therefore not a full catalogue of the work done by Fellowes Prynne in collaboration with this firm. Other information was found via the Internet, and, in a couple of cases, by happy chance!

Also included is work by Edward Prynne wherever information has been acquired in the course of researching his brother.

The author is aware that there are likely to be other examples of work carried out under George Fellowes Prynne's direction, and would be pleased to hear of any such examples.

  • Buildings designed entirely, or almost entirely, by George Fellowes Prynne are marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Where small photographs are shown, click on the image for a larger version.  (This site especially features photos and postcards from the early days of the buildings and restorations, but more modern photos will be added in future.)
  • Where a larger amount of text or photographs is available about a particular church, or details about the church are included on another page on the site (for example, it has a notable screen), an emboldened link will take you to a new screen.
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ARMAGH Co. Armagh
The Cathedral Church of St. Patrick

The reredos at St Patrick, Co. Armagh.  Photograph reproduced by kind permission of Simon Knott from his excellent website www.simonknott.co.uk.  You can also click here to see his work on Irish cathedrals, including this one.

  • Reredos 1913
  • The panel was executed by Percy Bacon Bros., London, and the screen by H. H. Martyn and sons, Cheltenham.

ARUNDEL East Sussex
St. Nicolas

ASCOT Berkshire
All Saints

  • Grant approved for reseating and repairs to roof and floors 1924.
  • Was this done?

ASHBURTON Devon
St. Andrew

ASHFORD Middlesex
St. Hilda

  • This was at the planning stage at Fellowes Prynne’s death.
  • The altar rails in the Lady chapel are to Fellowes Prynne’s design.
  • The firm who completed the work was Sydney Tatchell & Co., who kept Fellowes Prynne’s business ticking over after his death but, by their own admission, had no feeling for his style, and in the end chose not to take the business on permanently.

ASHURST Kent
St. Martin of Tours

BARMING Kent
St. Margaret

  • Seat fronts, choir & stalls 1919-20 made by Dart and Francis of Crediton. 
  • Observation would seem to indicate pulpit also. 

BARNES Surrey
Church Hall

In 1927 Fellowes Prynne was the architect chosen to design a new dual purpose hall (rather than expanding Holy Trinity Parish Church) to cater for the increase in population in the area following the building of the Castelnau Estate. However, he died later that year before taking up the appointment, and Clifton Davey designed the building.  (From www.ecclsoc.org.)

BARNSTAPLE Devon
St. Mary Magdalene

  • Choir vestry 1904.
  • Church now demolished. This is probably the “Pilton Church” Fellowes Prynne referred to in his notes.

BASSETT Hants
St. Michael & All Angels

  • Screen completed 1919
  • War Memorial Tablet 1919
  • Also “seat fronts in chancel”
  • All made by Dart and Francis of Crediton

BATTERSEA London
St. Bartholomew*

BEACONSFIELD Bucks
St. Michael

BENENDEN Kent
St. George

BERMONDSEY London
St. Bartholomew

  • Pevsner quotes that arches were by Fellowes Prynne. If so, they were unlike any others of his. The pillars were of red sandstone, and the arches had three layers. The outside facing was of white stone, then behind it was a layer of red brick, and then a layer of alternate red and white bricks in blocks. Whilst the red/white block design is found elsewhere, it was the extra layer of red brick which was unusual, especially juxtaposed with red sandstone pillars.
  • Screen 1911, and other fixtures and fittings, none of which survived.
  • The church was declared redundant, and demolished in 1994.

BETHNAL GREEN London

  • Heating installed by Kinnell & Co., who advertised in a magazine devoted to the work of Fellowes Prynne published in 1909.
  • Apart from this reference there no further information has been unearthed to pursue the implied connection with Fellowes Prynne.  Does anyone have any information?

BIRSTALL Yorks
St. Peter

BISHOPS CLEEVE Gloucestershire
St. Michael & All Angels

  • Chancel 1896

BOGNOR REGIS West Sussex
St. Wilfrid*

BOURNEMOUTH Dorset
St. Alban*

BOYNE HILL Maidenhead, Berks
All Saints

BRACKNELL Berks
Holy Trinity

  • Parish Hall “planned” as at 30 June 1927, but seemingly never begun.

BRADFIELD ST. GEORGE Suffolk

  • East window by Edward Prynne

BRANNEL Cornwall
St. Stephen

BRIGHTON East Sussex
St. Peter

BRIXTON London
St. Jude

  • Chancel restored after a fire in 1923 (according to Pevsner).
  • Bombed 1940
  • Redundant 1975.

BROADHEMBURY Devon
St. Andrew

  • Organ case 1895
  • Floors 1895
  • Also, probably, restoration work done on tower.
  • The postcard shows the magnificent tower.

BROMLEY BY BOW London

  • Repairs planned as at 30 June 1927, but not begun.
  • No idea which of at least 6 churches this refers to – can anyone help?

BRONDESBURY London
St. Mary’s Chapel

BUCKLAND-IN-THE-MOOR Devon
St. Peter

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON Devon
St. Peter*

BUGTHORPE Yorkshire
St. Andrew

  • Altar - clearly by Fellowes Prynne, but no date known.

BURNHAM-ON-SEA Somerset
St. John the Evangelist

  • Chapel fittings, parclose screen, etc., 1919.

BUSHEY HEATH Hertfordshire
St. Peter*

CAMBERWELL London
St Bartholemew

  • Grant approved for new clergy vestry with organ blowing chamber beneath, and renewal of floors 1910-1912.
  • I have not been here yet – was this work done?

CARDINHAM Cornwall
St. Meubred

  • Grant approved for renewal of roofs, repairs to chancel arch, walls, paving, etc., to Fellowes Prynne's specifications 1907-8.
  • Was this carried out? – I haven't yet visited this church.

CHARING Kent
St. Peter & St. Paul

CHARLBURY Oxfordshire
St. Mary

  • Grant approved for repairs to roof 1926, to Fellowes Prynne's design
  • Was it carried out?

COLOMBO Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Christ Church Cathedral*

CREDITON Devon
Holy Cross

Reredos 1924, made by the local firm of Dart and Francis

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DARTMOUTH Devon
St. Saviour

DAWLISH Devon
St. Gregory

  • 1895 - Report on restoration and rebuilding. Carried out in part by S. Dobell, with Fellowes Prynne as consultant.
  • Did anything come of it?
  • 1924 Repositioning of a memorial in the cemetery.

DEVONPORT Plymouth, Devon
Kelly Mission

  • This location is mentioned in Fellowes Prynne’s notes of 1897 as “now in hand”.
  • However, further details remain a mystery – can anyone shed any light?

DEVONPORT Plymouth, Devon
Cathedral

  • 1896 – Fellowes Prynne was one of the two architects commissioned to draw up plans for the rebuilding of Stoke Damerel church to provide a Devonport Cathedral. A crypt was dedicated in 1911 (probably not to Fellowes Prynne’s design) but no more was built.

DORCHESTER Oxfordshire
Dorchester Abbey (Ss. Peter & Paul)

DOUBLEBOIS Cornwall
Doublebois Hall

  • Fellowes Prynne’s notes of 1897 say “additions done”. I'd love to know more!

DRAYCOTT Somerset
St. Peter

  • War memorial tablet 1919
  • (Also in this church is found a chancel wall, with wrought iron screen complete with gates. A wrought iron cross surmounts the centre of the screen. Both these features bear the hallmark of Fellowes Prynne’s design, although this attribution has not been confirmed – can anyone help?)
  • Update, February 2007: The faculty petition for this screen has been traced, and the screen was indeed by George Fellowes Prynne, in 1894. My thanks to Andy Foyle for sourcing this.

DULWICH London
All Saints*

EALING London
St. Saviour*

EALING London
Town Hall

EAST BUDLEIGH Devon
All Saints

  • The postcard, used in 1938, shows the lavishly carved 1894 pulpit – echoing the ancient carving of the pew ends.

EAST GRINSTEAD West Sussex
St. Mary

ELLAND Yorkshire
All Saints*

ENSTONE Oxfordshire
St. Kenelm

  • As at 30 June 1927 the restoration of tower and bells was “probable”. It was never carried out.

EPSOM COMMON Surrey
Christ Church

EXETER Devon
St. David

  • Design submitted in 1895, but rejected on the grounds that it was too large for the site.

EXMOUTH Devon
Holy Trinity

FARNHAM COMMON Buckinghamshire
St. John the Evangelist

FLIMWELL East Sussex
St. Augustine of Canterbury

FORDCOMBE Kent
St Peter

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GNATON HALL near Yealmpton, Devon
St. Mary’s Chapel

  • This Hall was the family residence of the Lopez family. Demolished 1977. The stone and windows from the chapel are now part of a private dwelling.

GREAT TEW Oxfordshire
St. Michael & All Angels

  • Repairs to tower, 1923-25.

GUNNERSBURY Middlesex
St. James

  • Grant approved for repairs to roof-tiling, stone dressings and internal plasterwork, to Fellowes Prynne's plans, 1922-4. Not seen by me – was it carried out?

HADLEIGH Suffolk
St. Mary

  • Altar 1910 (no longer there).

HADLOW DOWN West Sussex
St. Mark

HADLOW GRANGE West Sussex

  • Prynne’s first secular building, built 1895.

HAGGERSTON Middlesex
St. Columba

  • Grant approved for new south doorway, to a design by Fellowes Prynne 1918-19.
  • Not seen by me yet – was it done?

HALIFAX Yorkshire
Parish church

  • Referred to in advertisement in magazine about Fellowes Prynne published in 1909. Not known what exactly his involvement may have been.  Can anyone shed any light on this one?

HALWELL Devon
St. Leonard

  • Fellows Prynne’s notes of 1897 say “tower restored”.
  • No records tracked down – help would be appreciated!
  • It is clear from observation that the lych gate is to Fellowes Prynne's design; it is virtually identical to his lych gate at Littleham.

HANSLOPE Buckinghamshire
St. James the Great

  • Grant approved for re-roofing, 1917-25. Note also that this church has many stained glass windows fashioned by Percy Bacon Brothers – Fellowes Prynne's contractors of choice. Observation suggests that these may be to his design, but this is as yet unconfirmed – does anyone have any more on this?

HARROW London
St. Peter*

HAYES Middlesex
St. Mary

  • Reredos; panelling on east, north and south walls 1919.
  • The work was done, but it is no longer there.
  • This is the church in the graveyard of which George and Bertha Fellowes Prynne are buried.

HENLEY-ON-THAMES Oxfordshire
St. Mary

HIGH WYCOMBE Buckinghamshire

  • As at 30 June 1927 “New church probable”.  It seems that if it was built, it was designed by someone else (probably less expensively!)

HORNSEY London
St. George

  • Lady chapel altar from St. Mary’s Hornsey is now here.

HORNSEY London
St. Mary

  • Lady chapel, a twin of Takely (q.v.) - now destroyed.
  • See above entry.

HORNSEY London
St. Peter

  • As at 30 June 1927 “repairs planned”.
  • Church now redundant.

HORRABRIDGE Devon
St. John the Baptist*

HYDE PARK CRESCENT London
St. John

  • Pew - one single piece, evidently from elsewhere.
  • Altar in Lady chapel probably by Fellowes Prynne, but again a relocation.

ILFORD Essex
St. Mary

  • Stations of the Cross and altar panels by Edward Prynne.

ILFRACOMBE Devon
Holy Trinity (Ilfracombe Parish Church)

ILFRACOMBE Devon
St. Peter

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JOHANNESBURG South Africa
St Mary’s Cathedral and Hall*

KEA Cornwall
All Hallows*

KETTON Leicestershire
St. Mary

  • Fellowes Prynne consultant for job here, but details unconfirmed.

KILBURN London

  • “Oak Frame” 1919 by Dart and Francis of Crediton – probably for a War Memorial.

KILKHAMPTON Cornwall
St. James the Great

KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES Surrey
St. Luke

  • Rood 1890

LADOCK Cornwall
St. Ladoca

  • In his notes of 2 April 1897 Fellowes Prynne mentions this church as one he worked on.
  • However, research has so far yielded little information, save to discount Prynne in various areas of work here. It is worth noting one or two of the other names involved here, as they add up to something of a treasure trove of great artists. The church was restored in 1863 by George Edmund Street; he collaborated with his former pupil William Morris and his Company. Pevsner cites this as their earliest known collaboration. Windows are by Morris, Edward Burne Jones and Ford Madox Brown, and at least one of the windows – the south window by the font, in memory of Mary Anne Harriet Wise, 1899 - was the work of Bacon Brothers. This suggests that this window could have been designed by Percy Bacon’s long-time collaborator, George Fellowes Prynne. However, the Cornwall Records Office holds no mention of the name Prynne at all. Despite this, there is one incontrovertible fact: the altar panels are the work of Edward Prynne, and were painted in 1897. The organ chamber is the work of Edmund Sedding, to a design dated 1906.
  • There is no doubt that considerably more research is warranted here, if only because of the fascinating mixture of contributors to the beautification of this little building – and I'd love to be able to establish a definite attribution to George Fellowes Prynne among all these luminaries!

LANDULPH Cornwall
St. Dilpe & St. Leonard

  • Restoration 1901-2 (except tower)

LECHLADE Gloucestershire
St. Lawrence

  • Screen 1890s

THE LEE Buckinghamshire
St. John the Baptist

LEYTONSTONE London
St. Margaret

  • Stations of the Cross by Edward Prynne.

LINSLADE Buckinghamshire
St. Barnabas

  • Lectern and font 1912. The lectern was made by Robinson's of Bloomsbury. Additions 1913.
  • Observation and implication indicate that Fellowes Prynne may have been involved in the design of the windows, as most of them were executed by Percy Bacon Brothers. His brother Edward almost certainly painted the altar panels.
  • Unusually, given the probable attribution of the altar panel paintings to Edward Prynne, the stencilled altar itself does not appear to be George Fellowes Prynne’s work, although it was purchased at around the same time as the rest of the work done in the sanctuary.
  • I would like to be able to confirm this one way or another – does anyone know?
  • Click here for more information about St Barnabas, Linslade

LITTLE CHART Kent

  • Implication that Fellowes Prynne worked here as it is mentioned in a contemporary advertisement in a magazine about him. No details known.

LITTLEHAM Exmouth, Devon
St. Margaret & St. Andrew

LOUDWATER Buckinghamshire
St. Peter

LOXHORE Devon
St. Michael

  • Nave 1900 - restoration or rebuild ? - I have not yet visited.

LYDFORD Devon
St. Petrock

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MANATON Devon
St. Winifred

MENHENIOT Cornwall
St. Lalluwy

MILLBROOK Cornwall
All Saints

  • Design illustrated for this church in The Builder of 7 February 1903, but nothing was ever built.

MORELEIGH Devon
All Saints

  • Restoration 1898
  • Repairs to tower 1904

MORETONHAMPSTEAD Devon
St. Andrew

  • War memorial (date not established – can anyone enlighten me?)

MORLEY Yorkshire
St. Paul, Town End*

NEWPORT Launceston, Cornwall
St. Thomas

  • Fellowes Prynne’s notes speak of his having worked at “Newport” with no further definition. An assumption has been made that this is the correct Newport, having ruled out those in South Wales and the Isle of Wight by contact.
  • However, no information has been obtained to substantiate any work by Fellowes Prynne here, so it remains a mystery!

NEWTON FERRERS Devon
Holy Cross

NORTHAM Devon
St. Margaret

NORTH AUDLEY STREET London
St. Mark

  • War memorial and reredos 1919.
  • This reredos is exceptional in that it contains relief carving in the centre, in white stone, with paintings on the outside.
  • The paintings are believed to be possibly by the architect’s son, Harold, who also became an architect. Can anyone give me further information?
  • A letter from Dart and Francis archives speaks of …alterations to War Memorial Chapel, including reredos.  What exactly these were to be is not stated – again, any help gratefully received.

NORTHLEW Devon
St. Thomas

  • Restoration of the churchyard preaching cross 1900.
  • This cross now stands in the village square.
  • The postcard shown of the preaching cross was posted on 21 December 1915 – not all that long after its restoration.

NOTTING HILL London
St. Clement.

  • Grant approved for enlargement including new south chapel, vestries, porch and classrooms, 1905-9.

OXFORD Oxfordshire
St. John the Evangelist (Church of the Cowley Fathers)

  • Stations of the Cross by Edward Prynne 1921.

OXTON Merseyside
St. Saviour

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PADDINGTON London
Holy Trinity

  • Altar
  • Not seen in situ, but noted at the Council for the Care of Churches that it is "worth preserving for use elsewhere".  See also below.

PADDINGTON London
St. Michael

  • One of the two churches in Paddington commissioned designs for panelling, and doors to a new chapel. The designs were returned from the contractors as at 7 July 1920, but reference is merely to “Paddington”.

PAGHAM West Sussex
St. Thomas a Becket

  • Windows by Edward Prynne

PAYHEMBURY Devon
St. Mary

  • Restoration 1897

PENZANCE Cornwall
St. John

PLYMOUTH Devon
St. Matthias

  • Reredos 1895

PLYMOUTH Devon
St. Peter*

PLYMPTON Devon
St. Mary

  • Site of the grave of Fellowes Prynne’s parents, Rundle Prynne and Emily Fellowes.
  • Plympton was also the location of the house known as “Meadowview” or “Limestone Cottage” which was apparently to Fellowes Prynne’s design. It would seem no longer to exist.

PLYMTREE Devon
St. John the Baptist

  • Tower restored 1895

PORTHLEVEN Cornwall
St. Bartholomew

POUNDSTOCK Cornwall
St. Neot (Old St. Winwaloe)

PRINCETOWN Devon
St. Michael and All Angels

  • Grant approved for enlargement, for which Prynne conducted an inspection only, in 1907.

PURLEY Surrey
St. Mark, Woodcote*

RADLEY Oxfordshire
St. James the Great

  • In 1895 plans were drawn up for a new rood screen and canopy for the east end of the church. It would appear these were never carried out.

RATTLESDEN Suffolk
St. Nicholas

READING Berkshire
St. Giles

  • According to a contemporary source an oak reredos was made by the firm of Robinson to Fellowes Prynne’s design. The reredos in the Lady chapel and surrounding panelling were installed in 1922 as a War memorial. The woodwork at the entrance to the west tower is of similar style and the same date. All this work would appear to be to Fellowes Prynne’s design.

ROEHAMPTON Surrey
Holy Trinity*

ROEHAMPTON Surrey
Gifford House

RUISLIP Surrey
St. Martin

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ST. AUSTELL Cornwall
Holy Trinity

ST. CLEER Cornwall
St. Cleer

  • Restoration 1904

ST. COLUMB MAJOR Cornwall
St. Columba

ST. NEOT Cornwall
St. Anietus

ST. PANCRAS London
St. Pancras Old Church

SALCOMBE Devon
Holy Trinity

SALTASH Cornwall
Cottage Hospital*

SALTASH Cornwall
St. Stephen

SAMPFORD COURTENAY Devon
St. Andrew

SARISBURY GREEN Hampshire
St. Paul

SHIPLAKE Oxfordshire
Ss. Peter & Paul

SIDCUP Kent
St. John*

SKIRWITH Cumbria
St. John the Evangelist

SOUTH PETHERWIN Cornwall
St. Paternus (Padern)

SOUTH TAWTON Devon
North Wyke - House

SOUTH TAWTON Devon
St. Andrew

STAINES Middlesex
St. Peter*

STEPNEY London
St. Augustine

  • “The Desire of all Nations” - painting of 1895
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Both these works are by Edward Prynne.

STREATHAM London
St. Peter

SUNBURY-ON-THAMES Middlesex

  • “New house” is listed by the architect in his notes of 1897. Nothing has been traced – was it built, and if so, where?

SURBITON Surrey
St. Andrew

  • Altar 1925
  • This was originally made for the chapel at St. Saviour’s, Dartmouth, but after a change of plan, was used here.
  • The total cost, including angels and gilding, was £55.

SWANNINGTON Leicestershire
St. George

SYDENHAM London
All Saints*

TAKELY Essex
Holy Trinity

  • Screen; rood; sanctuary panelling; altar and choir stalls 1910
  • Also Lady chapel.

TAMERTON FOLIOT Plymouth, Devon
St. Mary

TAPLOW Buckinghamshire
St. Nicolas*

TAVISTOCK Devon
St. Eustachius

THURLESTONE Devon
All Saints

TICEHURST Kent
St. Mary

TORQUAY Devon
St. Marychurch

  • Organ case 1894-5
  • This church has been demolished having been bombed in 1943.

TOWNSTAL Dartmouth, Devon
St. Clement

  • Repairs planned 1924. However, it seems nothing had been done by Fellowes Prynne’s death – can anyone enlighten me?

TUNBRIDGE WELLS Kent
St. Barnabas

UMTATA South Africa
St. John’s Cathedral*

WADDESDON Buckinghamshire
St. Michael

  • ?1901-2 work

  • The card illustrated shows a view of the interior looking west from the sanctuary. It shows the detail of the screen and choir stalls to good effect. It is undated.

  • The obituary to Fellowes Prynne in the West Middlesex Gazette states that this church is one where he worked, but details have not been established. The chancel screen of 1902 is the work of Harry Hems. This would point to its having possibly been designed by Fellowes Prynne - Hems being one of his regular contractors - and observation would seem to confirm this view, though not beyond doubt by any means.
  • I'd appreciate some help confirming the details here if possible.

WAKEFIELD Yorkshire
Cathedral

WARGRAVE Berkshire
St. Mary*

WEYMOUTH Dorset
St. Paul, Westham*

WHITESTONE Devon
St. Katherine

  • Restoration 1915.

WHITSTABLE Kent
St. Peter*

WINCHESTER Hampshire
St. Bartholemew, Hyde

WOKINGHAM Berkshire
All Saints

  • His regular heating engineers did a contract for Fellowes Prynne here. No other work by him has yet been identified – any light on this would be appreciated!

WOOBURN Buckinghamshire
St. Paul’s Vicarage

  • 1927 – only partially built to Fellowes Prynne's design.

WOODLEIGH Devon
St. Mary

WOODSTOCK Oxfordshire
St. Mary

  • This was mentioned in Fellowes Prynne’s notes of 1897, but added later under “restorations etc.”. The parish and the county records are unaware of work by him.
  • Blomfield did major restoration in the 1870s. Records do however indicate that a little restoration was done “anonymously” to the south arcade 1896-8.
  • This is another one I'd like to establish for certain.

WORCESTER Worcestershire
St. Martin*

WORTHING Sussex

  • In 1897 Fellowes Prynne produced a “design for St. Andrew’s Hospital for the Incurables.” This would appear to be as far as it got.

WRITTLE Essex
All Saints

YORK
St. Sampson

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