John Chessell Buckler

John Chessell Buckler

J.C. Buckler
Born (1793-12-08)8 December 1793
Died 10 January 1894(1894-01-10) (aged 100)
Nationality British

John Chessell Buckler (8 December 1793 – 10 January 1894) was a British architect, the eldest son of the architect John Buckler. J.C. Buckler initially worked with his father before taking over his practice. His work included restorations of country houses and at the University of Oxford.


  • Career 1
  • Works 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Sources 5


Costessey Hall, Norfolk, as rebuilt by Buckler

Buckler received art lessons from the painter

  • Sherwood, Jennifer;  
  • Tyack, Geoffrey (2004). "Buckler, John (1770–1851)" (subscription access).  
  • Verey, David (1970). Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds.  


  1. ^ a b c d e Tyack, 2004
  2. ^ a b Eastlake, Charles Locke (1872). A History of the Gothic Revival. London: Longmans, Green & Co. pp. 110–11. 
  3. ^ Architectural Magazine 3: 104. 1836 . Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, pages 413–414
  5. ^ Nairn, 1965, page 287
  6. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 155
  7. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 788
  8. ^ Verey, 1970, page 442
  9. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 732
  10. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 283 and footnote


See also

Buckler's restorations at the University of Oxford included

Buildings that he designed or restored include:


He died, aged 100, on 10 January 1894.[1]

Buckler's writings included the text accompanying his father's engravings of Views of the Cathedral Churches of England and Wales (1822). In 1823 he published Observations on the Original Architecture of St. Mary Magdalen College, Oxford, which was hostile towards changes in the quadrangle of Magdalen College. For some of his later writings, such as A History of the Architecture of the Abbey Church of St Alban (1847), he was joined by his own son, Charles Alban Buckler.[1]

In 1836 he came second, behind Charles Barry, in the competition to rebuild the Palace of Westminster following its destruction by fire.[3] J.C. Buckler retired in 1860.[1]

Buckler did a lot of work in Oxford, carrying out repairs and additions to St. Mary's Church, and Oriel, Brasenose, Magdalen, and Jesus Colleges. He also restored Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, and Hengrave Hall, Suffolk, and designed Dunston Hall, Norfolk, and Butleigh Court in Somerset.[2]

In 1825 Buckler began rebuilding Costessey Hall, Norfolk, for Lord Stafford. His work there was described by Charles Locke Eastlake, writing in 1872, as "one of the most important and successful instances of the [Gothic] Revival in Domestic Architecture". It was in a "Tudor" style, in red and white brick, with stone dressings. The new buildings formed an irregular picturesque group, with stepped gables, angle turrets and richly moulded chimney-shafts, exhibiting, according to Eastlake " a knowledge of detail and proportion far in advance of contemporary work".[2]