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Robert Westerley

(fl. 1421—1461)


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(fl. 1421–61).

English master-mason. He and 30 other English masons went to Rouen in Normandy in 1421 to work on the castle there, and he was employed as deputy mason at Westminster Abbey when construction on the nave was resumed in 1423/4. Appointed King's Master-Mason in 1438/9 on the death of Mapilton, he worked at the Palace of Sheen, near London, and from 1442 was in charge of the works at Tutbury Castle, Staffs., where the south tower at the east end of the hall range was being built. He also supervised the early works at Eton College, Bucks., from its foundation in 1441, and was the architect of the original layout. He made a design for a bell-tower at King's College Chapel, Cambridge (shortly after 1448, but not realized), which seems to have been the model for the tower of the Church of St Mary Aldermary, London (begun 1510—destroyed).

J. Harvey (1987)

Subjects: Architecture.


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