- Robert Bakewell (ironsmith)
Robert Bakewell (
Uttoxeter, 1682 — 1752) was an English smith. He took an apprenticeshipin Londonas an iron worker and became an extremely skilled ironsmith.
In 1706, he started working at
Melbourne Hallfor Thomas Coke, and living in the town of Melbourne. In the gardens at the hall, a wrought iron arbour created by Robert Bakewell can still be seen today: it is known locally as 'the Birdcage'.
Following an affair with a local woman, Elizabeth Fisher, resulting in the birth of a son, Bakewell Fisher, he moved from Melbourne to Derby, where he set up a workshop and forge at Oake's Yard in St Peter's Street. Later, he married Mary Cokayne and had a family of three sons and three daughters. He died in 1752 and is buried in St Peter's Church,
Examples of his work can be seen at
Derby Cathedral, where he made the wrought iron rood screenand the gates at the west door. There are also wrought iron gates by Bakewell at the Derby Industrial Museum, and ironwork by him in a number of churches in Derbyshire towns and villages: Alvaston, Ashbourne, Borrowash, Duffield, Etwall, Foremark, Radbourne. In Leicestershire at Staunton Haroldchurch, a splendid screen by Bakewell can be seen.
* cite book
last = Beard
first = Geoffrey
year = 1966
title = Georgian Craftsmen and Their Work
publisher = Country Life
location = London
id = OCLC|1061927 (2nd edition: published by South Brunswick and New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, 1967. OCLC|1477644)
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