Stay In London – John Nash Regency Premium Architect of England

Prior to your stay in London, visit Serviced City Pads website who have a full range of London serviced apartments. Please contact the reservations team on 0844 335 8866. You can stay in comfort in a London Serviced Apartment and visit John Nash’s designed buildings whose major project was Buckingham Palace.

John Nash was the premier architect of Regency England ( 1752 – 1835 ) was the son of a millwright, but he cast aside his father’s profession and apprenticeship, however, and In a typical act of impatience he set up his own practice.

Nash’s first major venture was a speculative effort building London houses of brick which were faced with stucco painted to emulate stone. The venture fell flat, and Nash retired to the country. There he began to build a successful practice, patnering with landscape architect Humphry Renton on several projects – Nash built the houses, Repton the grounds.

In 1802 the two split up and Nash returned to London. There Nash’s natural ebullience found its scope tackling visionary schemes for his sponsor the Prince Regent.

In 1811 the Prince Regent asked three architects, including Nash, for ideas on developing the farmland called Marleybone Park and the surronding areas. Nash’s ambitious plans included a “garden city”, with villas, terraced houses, crescents, a canal, and lakes.

The Prime focus of the development was a proposed avenue from the Prince Regents Park to “Prinnies” home at Carlton House in the Mall. The area covered by Nash’s scheme covered the present Regents Park, Trafalgar Square, St James Park, and Regent Street.

The enthusiatic Prince Regent threw his support ( and more importantly, his money ), behind Nash’s scheme, and for the next 23 years until his death, Nash laoboured to create a vision. Several elements of Nash’s sweeping scheme had to be abandonned, including the summer palace in Regents Park, and the present days Regents Street has been much altered. As the work in London continued, Nash took on other projects for the Prince Regent, including the remodelling of Brighton Pavillion.

There was already a villa at Brighton, designed by Henry Holland, and the Prince Regent asked Nash to make it into a Palace. This Nash did, beggining in the Indian fashion then popular, and as work progressed, incorporating further Eastern design elements. The result has been called “Indian Gothic” with the flavour of Chinese.

There are many Thomas Nash buildings to visit when you stay in a London Serviced Apartment through Serviced City Pads, contact the reservations team on 0844 335 8866.Nash remodelled Carlton House as Carlton House Terrace and built Cumberland Terrace, he also created what is now Trafalgar Square. The buuildings that surround the latter were all added by later architects however.

Nash’s other major building project in London, Buckingham Palace, did not fare so well, however. When Nash began work on the Palace in 1825 it was still Buckingham House, The Prince Regent had decided that Calton House was ‘”antiquated, rundown, and decrepit”, and decided to create a buckingham Palace on the site of the Duke of Buckinghams former Villa.

Nash was dillatory in his work however ( and erected and pulled downseveral wings of the building according to his moods ), thst the Prince Regent died before work was finished. Nash was finally dismissed from the project, and all that remains of his work is th west wing.

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