John Foulston: Benefactor and architect of Regency Plymouth (History Section)
Wed. 6 March 2024 at 2:00 pm
A talk by Ursula Myers.
John Foulston (1772–1840) was a London based architect who in 1810 won a competition to design Plymouth’s Theatre Royal and Royal Hotel. Once he had relocated to Plymouth to oversee the work and set up his architectural practice he never returned to London.
He was responsible was many fine buildings, both civic and residential, across the three towns. He was Plymouth’s first town planner – laying out a number of roads and squares. His use of materials such as iron beams was innovative, as were his designs. Sadly, many of Foulston’s buildings were lost in the Plymouth Blitz of 1941. Those that remain are now listed. He also was a benefactor often giving his time freely, for instance making no charge for designing the Plymouth Athenaeum of which he was a founding member. He lived with his wife in a house he designed himself, in what is now the area of Mannamead.
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