Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Walker, Thomas Larkins

WALKER, THOMAS LARKINS (d. 1860), architect, son of Adam Walker, was a pupil of Augustus Charles Pugin [q. v.], and a co-executor of his will. He designed (1838–9) All Saints' Church, Spicer Street, Mile End; 1839, Camphill House, Warwickshire, for J. Craddock; 1839–40, church at Attleborough, Nuneaton, for Lord Harrowby; 1840–2, St. Philip's Church, Mount Street, Bethnal Green; 1841, hospital at Bedworth, Warwickshire; 1842, Hartshill church, Warwickshire; and restored the church at Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

During part of his practice he resided at Nuneaton, and subsequently at Leicester. Emigrating to China, he died at Hongkong on 10 Oct. 1860.

He published various illustrated architectural works in the style of Augustus Pugin's productions, viz.: 1. ‘Vicar's Close Wells,’ 1836, 4to. 2. ‘Manor House and Church at Great Chalfield, Wilts,’ 1837, 4to. 3. ‘Manor House of South Wraxhall, Wilts, and Church of St. Peter at Biddlestone,’ 1838, 4to. These three volumes are in continuation of Pugin's ‘Examples of Gothic Architecture,’ and the plates in the first-named are by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin [q. v.] 4. ‘The Church of Stoke Golding, Leicestershire,’ 1844, 4to, for Weale's ‘Quarterly Papers on Architecture.’ He also edited Davy's ‘Architectural Precedents,’ 1841, 8vo, in which he included an article on architectural practice and the specification of his own hospital at Bedworth.

[Architectural Publication Society's Dictionary; Gent. Mag. 1861, i. 337.]

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