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John Battcock 1731 Mason in Storrington

John Battcock (1731), Mason of Storrington

The first Battcock in Storrington that there is any sort of story about is John Battcock, a stonemason who was born in 1713.  He married Ann Smallpiece in 1731 and rebuilt the church tower of St Mary’s in Storrington in 1754 which is still standing.

The tower had been struck by lightning in 1731.  Despite repairs, what was left of the tower collapsed in 1746, destroying much of the nave.  The reconstruction of the tower cost £1,625. John Battcock built the tower with round-headed openings, flat rustications, a plain parapet and a pyramid. 

The mason profession was handed down for generations with the village mason being a John Battcock more than a hundred years later.

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January 5, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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