- Born 3rd August 1746 Staffordshire
- Died 4 September 1813 2 miles east of Marlborough in carriage accident
James Wyatt was born at Blackbrook Farm, Weeford, Staffordshire on 3rd August 1746. He went to Italy in 1762, and spent 6 years studying as an architectural draughtsman and painter under the tutorship of Antonio Visentini. On his return to England he was appointed architect of the proposed Pantheon in Oxford Street which, upon completion in 1772, brought him instant success, fame and recognition. His design was exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the age of just 26, he was soon to find himself the most sought after architect in the country. In 1776, James Wyatt succeeded Henry Keene as surveyor to Westminster Abbey – where he oversaw restoration work in 1803 and from 1807-13. He was also responsible for restoration work in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (1787-93).
James Wyatt died on 4 September 1813 2 miles east of Marlborough as a result of a carriage accident. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Reference Colvin A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840 Page 1107-1121