Douglas, John (1830-1911)

Trained in Lancaster and who set up his practice in Chester. His mother had been born and brought up on the Eaton estate in Cheshire and he went on to design of many of the buildings on the estate of Eaton Hall. Douglas was to carry out a great variety of works for the first Duke of Westminster on his Eaton estate and in his properties in North Wales. These included farms, lodges, school, cottages and churches and large houses Pevsner described him, without qualification, as “the best Cheshire architect”.