Honoured for the ‘care and craft’ of his career

Honoured for the ‘care and craft’ of his career

The Cathedral community is delighted to extend its warmest congratulations to the Cathedral’s Surveyor of the Fabric, John Burton, on his award of an MBE in this year’s Birthday Honours list. The award is recognition of his services to the conservation of historic architecture.

A Cathedral’s Surveyor of the Fabric has a professional and statutory role covering everything that relates to the fabric of the Cathedral. The Cathedral Surveyor to the Fabric will normally have the responsibility of overseeing all of the repair and conservation work to the Cathedral and other buildings within the Cathedral’s precincts.

John, who works as Architect for the established firm Purcell, describes his 40 year career as one of ‘craft and care’, which has led to his involvement in some outstanding conservation projects and has seen him care for some of the finest historical buildings in this country, including 23 years with Canterbury Cathedral and 12 years as surveyor to Westminster Abbey.

During my forty or more years as an architect focusing on the care of historic buildings and their immediate environs, much has changed in the approach and attitude towards our heritage. I am pleased to have my involvement in these changes to conserving Historic Architecture recognised in this way.
My role has been not only as a friend to the buildings in my care, but as a friend to the craftspeople and other dedicated professionals who worked alongside me in conserving our Historic Architecture for future generations and the benefit of our nation. I sincerely hope that those who have worked with me over the years will share the thrill I have had in receiving this award. It is the craftspeople who have made it possible for me, as an architect, to successfully care for Historic Architecture
The trust my clients and fellow professionals have shown has enabled me to undertake the work with a great deal of pleasure. So much so, I feel I am being awarded an honour for a pleasurable hobby rather than a long professional career

said John.

John’s dedication and consideration of the skilled crafts involved in his career has seen further recognition and honour bestowed upon him when, on Tuesday 18th June, he was made Master of The Worshipful Company of Masons.

As Master of the Worshipful Company of Masons and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, I am proud to play my part in the traditional life in the City of London. These two companies, along with the other trade livery companies, provide encouragement and support to the training and promotion of our nation’s craft base.
An individual cannot conserve Historical Architecture; only with a team of dedicated people is that possible. I have proudly accepted the honour given me, trusting that those who have been part of my team over the years share in its glory

said John.

The Worshipful Company of Masons is one of the ancient livery companies of the City of London, ranked thirtieth in order of precedence. Founded in early medieval times, its members have been involved in the creation of most of the iconic stone buildings and structures in the Cities of London and Westminster.