(1812–55). English architect. A friend and admirer of A. W. N. Pugin, he was one of the first architects of the Gothic Revival to meet with the approval of the Ecclesiologists, notably with his Church of St Paul, Brighton (1846–8), and St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square, London (1849–52), both in a sober and scholarly Middle Pointed style. In 1848 he designed the Anglican College of St Nicholas at Lancing in Sussex, begun in 1854 in a variety of Gothic that owed much to Continental precedent of C13, completed by his son, Richard Herbert Carpenter (1841–93), with other work by his pupil and partner William Slater (1818/19–72—who seems to have contributed more to the design than was thought), and, later, S. E. Dykes Bower.
From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.