Charlotte PAPWORTH: Birth: 26 Mar 1777.
George PAPWORTH: Birth: 9 May 1781.
Collins PAPWORTH: Birth: 26 Mar 1783.
Charles James PAPWORTH: Birth: 1785.
Sarah PAPWORTH: Birth: 25 Jun 1787.
Robert PAPWORTH: Birth: 23 Apr 1790.
Mary PAPWORTH: Birth: 29 Mar 1792.
Note: lt may be almost needless to state that the sirname of Papworth is traceable to two villages at Cambridgeshire, situated close to the western borders of Huntingdonshire: one, Papworth Saint Agnes, the other, Papworth Saint Everard. The name is not an unusual one in the two counties mentioned. The marriage of William, the first member of the family whom it may be needful herein to mention, with a resident at or near the small village, Little Paxton, situated near Saint Neot's, in Huntingdonshire, accounts for the locality from whence the family came to London. Many of the uncles, aunts, and sisters of John B. Papworth are buried in the churchyard of that village, and there he himself was also buried on the north side,a site spoken of by himself many years before there was any probability of his again visiting, and for the last time, the scenes of his early life. Of William Papworth, little more need be here said than that he lived in the parish of Saint Margaret, Westminster, and married Sarah, one of the twelve children of William and Elizabeth Hedding, a farmer of good repute and property at or near Little Paxton, John one of their six cbildren, and born in 1750, was apprenticed to learn the trade of a plasterer and stuccoist, in the house of - Rose, at that time one of the leading men in London in that artistic and then flourishing trade, one in which the Italians have been such great adepts, Among his many works, the ornamentation to the ceiling and walls of Doncaster Mansion House, designed 1745-48 by James Paine, can be mentioned. Rose was probably a pupil of the " Signori Artari and Bagutti, the best fret workers that ever came into England", and who were employed by James Gibbs to execute such work at the church of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, 172 I -26 ; at Marylebone Chapel; the Public Building at Cambridge; the Octagon room (at the now Orleans House) at Twickenham; etc., as stated by Gibbs in his Work published 1728. I have learnt that these artificers shut themselves up on the scaffolding, not to permit the English plasterers see them at work, it being done in plaster, whereas the ornament had been executed in papier mache previous thereto. There was a fight on the attempt of the English to force their way into the box, and they were beaten back. John Papworth became almost the only man of his day in this art, having five hundred men at work under him, as " architect, plasterer, and builder", as he styled himself in 1795. He made many of the designs of ornament for Sir William Chambers, and executed many works for His Majesty's Board of Works; as at Greenwich Hospital Chapel; at Buckingham House ; at Kew ; at St, James's Palace; at Somerset House, as in the rooms formed for the Royal Academy of Arts; and for other architects, as at Paddington Church, and elsewhere. As a man he was very proud; he was also remembered as being ambidexter, that is, he could work with both hands at the same time; his son Collins inherited this facility. Soon after the expiration of his articles be married charlotte (a daughter of Robert Searle, engaged in one of the then existing potteries at Mortlake, and Charlotte his wife), and had twelve children, of whom six were sons, Thomas, John, George, Collins, Charles, and Robert. At his death, in 1799, the business was continued by his eldest son Thomas, who had assisted him from a very early age, was "plasterer to H. M. Board of Works", and died in 1814 The second son sought an entrance into the architectural profession, and it is this son John afterwards better known as John Buonarotti, and by the signature I. B. P. to his later writings, Another son George, established himself in Dublin in 1806, and had an extensive practic as an architect throughout Ireland. By Wyatt Papworth
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