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About John Francis Bucknall

The practice of John Francis Bucknall is based in Wells Somerset. For the past ten years he has been working on the repair and re-ordering of ancient churches and the repair and alteration of old houses in the West Country.


























Villa Saraceno. Drawing by John Francis Bucknall

Before opening his own practice John had experience of extensive work for the National Trust and The Landmark Trust. He worked with Rodney Melville on the repair of Canons Ashby and Calke Abbey and then went on to work for The Landmark Trust on the rescue and repair of Andrea Palladio's Villa Saraceno in Italy.

John has a special interest in the repair of historic buildings and was trained as a Scholar of the Society for The Protection of Ancient Buildings. He has studied sensitive repair techniques and has developed them in practice over a period of thirty years in England and abroad.

The practice has extensive experience of new design in the context of fine historic buildings.
Particular projects have included the design of a painted organ case from a rough sketch by A.W.N. Pugin and the design of new classical interiors for one of London's oldest banks.

John has a life long interest in ancient churches. Often he is to be found working on precious, unaltered interiors from the medieval and Georgian periods which require considerable knowledge of old furnishings and how they can be repaired.

Many churches require alteration to provide for the needs of modern worship. The practice has a particular speciality in developing proposals for modification which can be achieved in the most sensitive of churches.

Private clients seek professional assistance which respects the historic integrity of their houses while adapting them with skill and imagination to the needs of contemporary living.

John has a long held interest in architectural education and lectured widely to lay and professional audiences. He is a founder and a member of the selection committee for the William Morris Craft Fellowships.