John Gibbs: Stone Mason, Architect & Author

WF_JohnGibbs “This Work must not be considered any part of the one bearing the same title, published by the Author in the year 1864.”


MY Rev. and dear friend: Had I not offered to dedicate this series of designs for Memorials for Churchyards and Cemeteries to you, you might have complained of my want of gratitude, since you have with your own pen so admirably assisted me to make our “churchyards become books of instruction, and every gravestone a leaf of edification.” This has been, and I feel will be, one of your highest aims.

Yours ever faithfully,

JOHN GIBBS. Oxford, 1868.

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Paris 1867


DUDLEY. NEW FONT AND FOUNTAIN FOR DUDLEY. – The Art Journal for June, contains in its catalogue of the Paris Exhibition, two engravings from a font, and the reduced model of a fountain, the former to be placed in the church of St. Thomas, Dudley, the latter in the Market-place, both being munificent gifts of the Earl of Dudley, to that town. They are the works of Messrs. Forsyth, the eminent sculptors of London and Worcester. The Art Journal says the works are of the highest order, designed with great ability and executed with consummate skill. [Worcester Journal 15.06.1867 p8]

With Glee…

05.04.1879 WORCESTER GLEE CLUB. The advent of April denotes the end of the season of the glee clubs, and on Tuesday night last was the closing performance at the Crown Hotel, when the members of the above old-established club turned out in such numbers that the large room was crowded, and the side room was also occupied. During the evening Mr. T. M. Hopkins in a few sentences asked those present to drink to “The health of the Mayor,” who was in the room, and Mr. Holland responded. He then asked the company to drink to the health of Mr. Forsyth, sculptor, who had presented the club with a bust of the late Mr. Allen Wheeler, a gentleman who when alive took a great interest in the club. Mr. Forsyth shortly replied. [Worcestershire Chronicle] Allen Wheeler, 1803-1876, of 32 York Place, Tything of Whistones, surgeon and eldest son of the Rev. Allen Wheeler, Minor Canon of the Cathedral 1799-1851 and Precentor 1820-1851.