John Newman (architectural historian)

John Newman

Mural, St. Michaels, Garton on the Wolds (geograph 2298720).jpg
Newman chaired the Pevsner Memorial Trust which funded the restoration of the murals at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, in Garton on the Wolds, in Pevsner's memory.
John Arthur Newman

December 1936 (age 84)
Nationality British
Alma mater Dulwich College, Oxford University, Courtauld Institute of Art
Occupation Architectural historian
Notable work
The Buildings of England, The Buildings of Wales

John Arthur Newman FSA (born December 1936)[1][2] is an English architectural historian.[3] He is the author of several of the Pevsner Architectural Guides and is the advisory editor to the series.


Newman[4] was born in 1936, and has lived most of his life in Kent. He was educated at Dulwich College and Oxford University where he read Greats (classics). In 1959 he became a classics teacher at Tonbridge School. In 1963 he left his teaching post to study for a diploma in the history of European art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, which he passed with distinction. In 1966 he was appointed a full-time assistant lecturer at the Courtauld, where he taught until his retirement.[5][6][3]

While a student at the Courtauld, Newman acted as driver to Nikolaus Pevsner for five weeks in Hampshire. Pevsner suggested that Newman should research and write the architectural guides on Kent, which were published in 1969.[5] Newman worked with Pevsner on The Buildings of England series,[3] which has been expanded as the Pevsner Architectural Guides to cover Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Since 1983, Newman has acted as the advisory editor to the series.[3] Bridget Cherry, the general editor of the series, and author of a history of the project, describes Newman as the most significant of Pevsner's collaborators,[7] and Pevsner himself considered Newman's two volumes on Kent to be "the best of the whole series".[7]

From 1975 to 1985 Newman was honorary editor of the journal Architectural History.[5] He has served on the executive committee of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.[8] In 1986 Newman chaired the Pevsner Memorial Trust, which undertook the restoration of the murals at the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Garton on the Wolds, East Riding of Yorkshire in memory of Sir Nikolaus.[9]


Dorset (1972) (with Nikolaus Pevsner) [10]
Kent - West and the Weald (2012) [10]
Kent - North East and East (2013) [10]
Shropshire (2006) [10]
Glamorgan (1995) [10]
Gwent/Monmouthshire (2000) [10]

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