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Henry Redman

(fl. 1495—1528) master mason


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(fl. 1495–d.1528).

Leading English master-mason. A son of Thomas Redman (fl. 1490–d. 1516), he worked at Westminster Abbey from 1495 to 1497. With William Vertue he was consulted about King's College Chapel, Cambridge, visiting the building in 1509, and succeeded his father as Master-Mason at Westminster Abbey in 1515/16, working on the nave. He rebuilt the chancel of St Margaret's Church, Westminster (1516–23), where he also designed the tower and porch (1516–22). From 1516 he worked with Vertue on the designs for the new work at Eton College, Bucks., including the west side of the court and Lupton's Tower (1516–20). He became architect to Cardinal Wolsey (c. 1475–1530), with power of supervision over His Eminence's enormous range of building-projects, including Hampton Court Palace, and by 1525 was at work with John Lebons at Cardinal (now Christ Church) College, Oxford, where they laid out the plan and built the south range and most of the east and west ranges. Among his last works were the cloister and cloister-chapel of St Stephen's College, Westminster Palace, begun c.1526. He was a pioneer in the use of brick in late-Gothic architecture of the Tudor period, and his works had a lasting influence.

J. Harvey (1987)

Subjects: Architecture.


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