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Francis Stone

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Architect and surveyor for Norwich and the County of Norfolk, who practised in partnership with John Brown. He was particularly known for the design of St Andrew’s, Norwich Mental Asylum at Thorpe, built 1811 to 1814. He collaborated with David Hodgson (Secretary and Vice President to the Norwich School of Artists), who married Stone's daughter in 1823. Stone and Hodgson published 'The Picturesque Views of all the Bridges belonging to the County of Norfolk' in 1831, which contained eighty-four lithographs of bridges, all based on detailed accurate drawings by Stone.[1]

1807 Architect and surveyor for improvements at Norwich Castle (all of the cast iron for railings, lamps, etc was provided by Mr. Adkins and Mr. John Gurney Aggs 'at the Norwich foundery, St. Faith's Lane, belonging to the last-named gentleman.')[2]

1815 Designed a three arch brick bridge for Bawburgh, near Norwich.[3]

1819 Designed the House of Correction at Swaffham[4]

1828, 17th December: Invitation to tender for the erection of a cast iron bridge and the dismantling of the existing wooden one over the Ouse at Thetford (see Thetford Town Bridge).[5]

1829 Stone was the architect for the 'New Fye Bridge', Norwich[6]

1833 Designed the 'new bridge at the entrance to Fakenham'[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'The Saleroom' website
  2. Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 25 July 1807
  3. Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 22 July 1815
  4. Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 15 May 1819 - advertisement for tenders for foundations, brickwork, carpenters' work, blacksmiths' work, etc.
  5. Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 10 January 1829
  6. Norfolk Chronicle, 6 June 1829
  7. Bury and Norwich Post - Wednesday 27 November 1833