The work of architect James Paine was celebrated recently at a tree planting ceremony at Cusworth Hall, Doncaster.
Paine was born 300 years ago in 1717 in Andover, Hampshire and after studying in London under some of the great names in the art world, Paine left London for Yorkshire at the age of just 19. His first professional commission was as clerk of works at Nostell Priory in 1737. From this stepping stone, he began a fruitful career not only in the North, but throughout England.
Paine came to prominence with his design for Doncaster Mansion House which was completed in 1749. He also altered and expanded the south front of Cusworth Hall with the addition of two wings, to house a chapel and a library.
A beech tree was planted in Cusworth Park in his honour by the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe. The ceremony was organised by the Friends of Doncaster Mansion House who are celebrating the tercentenary of James Paine’s birth with a series of Georgian and Regency themed events