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NASH , JOHN ( 1752 - 1835 ), architect ;

b. at Cardigan . He was apprenticed to Sir Robert Taylor and afterwards settled near Carmarthen . He was persuaded by a number of friends to start in business as an architect ; this he did, becoming well-known almost at once. He designed the Cardiganshire county gaol at Cardigan , and the west front and the chapterhouse in S. Davids cathedral . He moved to London and became world-famous for his work on Regent's Park and the terraces adjoining it, Regent Street , and the Marble Arch . He was a generous patron of artists . He d. 13 May 1835 at East Cowes .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Papworth , An encyclopædia of architecture, historical, theoretical, & practical (London, 1888) ;
  • T. M. Rees , Welsh painters, engravers and sculptors, 1527–1911 (1912) .


Reverend Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath

Corrections and additions:

NASH , JOHN ( DWB , 681-2).

According to Sir John Summerson , keeper of Soane Museum , and author of John Nash, Architect to King George IV ( 1935 ), he was b. in London , his father being a millwright at Lambeth . He claimed to be of Welsh blood, but was related to the Nash family of Worcestershire . Add to bibl. John Nash; a complete catalogue ( 1991 ); R. Suggett , John Nash, architect in Wales ( 1995 ).


Published date: 1959