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Simon Kidner 2008

In 1864 William Kidner, a young architect from the office of Sir George Gilbert Scott, set off for Shanghai to supervise the building of Holy Trinity Church, the plans for which had been drawn up by Scott. In the event William had substantially to redesign the building to take account of, amongst other factors, the ground conditions. He was soon joined by his younger brother James. Holy Trinity became Shanghai Cathedral in 1875.

Collected in the attached document are their letters home to the family at Milverton, Somerset, and some cuttings from the North China Herald and Market Report. Click on the photograph of Holy Trinity to launch the .pdf (588 KB).

Appendix 83 - An Architect in Shanghai