Personnel of the Office of Works

In the last post, I talked about the organizational structure of the Office of Works and we have seen the ripple effects of Kirby’s appointment as Clerk of the Works at Richmond and Kew. As all the Clerks of the Works attended a monthly meeting of the Board, Kirby would have become familiar with the members of the Board and with his Fellow Clerks. Here is a list of the people occupying those positions when Kirby was first appointed in 1761. This information is taken from Colvin’s History of the King’s Works, Volume 5.



Dates of Tenure

Surveyor General Thomas Worsley 1760—1778
Comptroller Henry Flitcroft 1758—1769
Deputy Surveyor and Master Mason Stephen Wright 1758—1780
Master Carpenter William Oram 1748—1777
Joint Architect William Chambers 1761—1769
Joint Architect Robert Adam 1761—1769
Paymaster George Augustus Selwyn 1756—1782
The Clerks of the Works
Mews at Charing Cross Kenton Couse 1750—1766
Greenwich Francis Bickerton 1754—1768
Hampton Court Palace William Rice 1758—1789
Kensington Palace John Smith 1761—1782
Kew and Richmond Joshua & William Kirby 1761—1774
Richmond New Park Lodge James Paine 1758—1780
Newmarket James Paine 1750—1780
Somerset House Thomas Kynaston 1720—1762
Tower of London Thomas Kynaston 1720—1762
Whitehall, Westminster, and St. James’s Palaces William Robinson 1754—1766
Winchester Palace Thomas Dubisson 1725—1775


For related posts, see the Office of Works and Kew category.

10 thoughts on “Personnel of the Office of Works

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  5. robipoet

    Hi Robipoet from Canada here. I came across a James Paine architectural rendering in Sotheby’s auction catalogue. The catalogue is dated December 15th, 1999. It is for books and manuscripts found at the Fermor Hesketh Library at Easton Neston. There are two notes for James Paine on page 132. Items 403 and 404. I have included a scan of 403 which is from The Carpenter’s and Joiner’s Repository, published by Taylor, 1794.

  6. robipoet

    Please send me a message so I can attach the scan for James Paine if you are interested. I also have a Kirby scan from the same catalogue if you dont already have this in your files. While I am at it, I came across a bit that indicated James Paine, the architect, working with John Gwynn built himself a dwelling next door to Old Slaughter’s House. (See the annals of Covent Garden and its neighbourhood by Edwin Beresford Chancellor, 1930. Page 87.


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