Richard Shackleton Pope

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Bristol, Vyvyan Terrace, Clifton

Richard Shackleton Pope, 1791-1884

Richard's father Thomas Pope was clerk of works to Sir Robert Smirke at the Royal Mint and assistant to Henry Holland at Woburn Abbey. He came to Bristol as a district surveyor 1801-15, and his son returned to supervise the building of the Philosophical Institution in Park Street for C.R.Cockerell in 1821. He made the rest of his career in Bristol, and his son Thomas continued to work in the city into the C20.

Pope's early work includes the careful and severely Grecian Magistrates' Court in Corn Street of 1829 and the Wool Hall, St. Thomas' Street of 1828-30 (see below) as well as Bush House. His later works include the CorinthianGlossary Term temple fronted St Mary on the Quay (1839), the PerpendicularGlossary Term Guildhall (1843) and the GothicGlossary Term Revival Assize Courts, Small Street (1867), turning his hand to almost any style.



The most slender and ornate of the three main classical orders. It has a basket-shaped capital ornamented with acanthus foliage.


The style of the Middle Ages from the later 12th century to the Renaissance, with which it co-existed in certain forms into the 17th century. Characterized in its full development by the pointed arch, the rib-vault and an often skeletal masonry structure for churches, combined with large glazed windows. The term was originally associated with the concept of the barbarian Goths as assailants of classical civilization.


English version of late Gothic, developed from the 1320s, which continued into the early 16th century; sometimes abbreviated to Perp. Characterised by large windows with a grid pattern of mullions and transoms, with the mullions continuing to the head to the arch, which is often of flattened or four-centred form. This motif of panel tracery is used also for wall decoration, and on the fan vaults that were used for the most prestigious buildings.