1793-1828 – How It All Began

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 1 of:

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William Pulham (1760-1817) – Shoemaker, father of eight children, including James 1 and Obadiah Pulham.   Lived ‘ at the poorer, West End, of Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

James 1 (1793-1838) and Obadiah Pulham (1803-80) – apprenticed as Stone Modellers to Master Builders John & William Lockwood, of Woodbridge.

William Lockwood 2 – son of William – knew James 1 and Obadiah well, and later wrote a series of ‘Reminiscences of Woodbridge in Olden Times’. in which he wrote about each of them in some detail.

 1-5-01-1 - Lockwoods CastleLockwood’s Castle, Woodbridge (no longer exists)

Loclwood’s Castle’ – Battlemented house built by William Lockwood 2, and face with his new Portland Stone Cement.

22 Elder Street – William Lockwood’s first London Sales Office, in which he put James 1 and Obadiah Pulham in charge.

‘Black Bull of Holborn’ – modelled by Obadiah Pulham.

Thomas Smith – Architect and County Surveyor of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, who specialised in the design and construction of gothic-styled churches and buildings around the UK and Europe.   Engaged Obadiah Pulham as Clerk of Works in 1827.

Benington Lordship – Manor house near Stevenage for which Thomas Smith designed a Norman Gateway folly and other extensions.   James 1 was brought in to assist Obadiah Pulham with their construction 1835-38.

1-5-01-2 - Benington GatewayNorman Gateway Folly at Benington Lordship


 An additional ‘Chapter’ was published each month over a period of five years on this website under the tag of ‘Where? / Site of the Month’, and these can now be accessed alphabetically under the comprehensive ‘Where? / Gazetteer’ tag, so don’t miss those.   Click on the link to see the complete list of Pulham sites described and illustrated by Claude Hitching.

Another link that you might like to refer to takes you to the ‘Press and Media / Book Reviews’ tag, where you can read all the reviews of ‘Rock Landscapes‘ written by professional critics in the National and Garden Press.

To check out the names of the People and Places featured and illustrated in any of the other Chapters, click the CONTENTS link to return to the main CONTENTS Page.   Click here to go direct to the ‘Book Shop’.   Happy Reading to all our followers


 A full description of the young lives and apprenticeship of James 1 Pulham and his brother, Obadiah Pulham – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 1 of Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy – the definitive story of the lives and work of the four generations of the Pulham family.   Written by Claude Hitching, with featured photography by Jenny Lilly.   Published by Garden Art Press.

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