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Department of History

Jonathan Kewley

Architectural elements in grave monuments in the long eighteenth century

Jonathan Kewley is an architectural historian. His current PhD research is looking at architectural elements in churchyard monuments in the British Isles and North America from their (modern) beginnings sometime in the C17 up until just before the emergence of cemeteries in the 1830s.

His first degree was Modern History at Oxford. He is a committee member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and is editor-elect of the Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society.


Papers delivered:

‘Markers of the Free: Dissent in Gravestone Design from the 17th Century to the 21st’, “Head West”: the 58th Annual Conference of the British Association for American Studies, University of Exeter, 18th – 21st April 2013

‘Mediæval Survival or Mediæval Revival? Some grave monuments of c1700 in context’, Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 26th March 2013

‘A Grave Dilemma: Gothic Grave Monuments of the 18th and early 19th Centuries’, Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, 8th-9th March 2013

‘The Gothic Revolution: the sudden dominance of the Gothic style in Victorian grave monuments’, New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide, University of Kent at Canterbury

‘Symbols on an Island: Paterae on gravestones in the Isle of Man 1750 to 1830’, Association of Gravestone Studies Conference 2012, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 19th – 24th June 2012

‘Imagine no overseers... : Some Georgian Parishes not subject to the Poor Law’, Parish Studies Today, University of Warwick, 25th-27th May 2012

‘“Will your anchor hold?”: Thomas Brine’s other life as Agent for Lloyd’s 1823 – 1840’, Manx Research Day 2012, University of Liverpool 10th March 2012

 ‘The Threshold to Eternity doesn’t have to be Polite: Funerary Monuments as Vernacular Architecture’, Conference: New Light on Vernacular Architecture, Liverpool University Centre for Manx Studies/Manx National Heritage, 22nd – 25th June 2011

‘East of Roscow: Preliminary thoughts on the development of Castletown east of the Silverburn’, Manx Research Day 2011, University of Liverpool 19th February 2011

‘Manx Baroque? Church Architecture in the Isle of Man in the Eighteenth Century: Style and Sources’, Manx Research Day 2010, University of Liverpool 20th March 2010

‘Manx Local Government in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’, Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society, December 2009



‘The Seats of Manx Government: Lathom House and Knowsley Hall, Lancs’, Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society Vol XII No 4 (2001-13) [forthcoming]

‘Kirk Michael Town’, Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society Vol XII No 4 (2001-13) [forthcoming]

‘Old St John’s Chapel’, The Antiquarian No 8 (Spring 2013), 30-43

‘Some New Residents of the 17th and 18th Centuries’, The Antiquarian No 8 (Spring 2013), 44-58

Review of Juliet Kinchin, Hilary Macartney and David Robertson, Cottier’s in Context: Daniel Cottier, William Leiper and Dowanhill Church, GlasgowThe Antiquarian No 6 (Spring 2012), 54-56

‘Drapers on the Plains of Heaven: the Manx Connections of John Martin’, The Antiquarian No 5 (Autumn 2011), 4-15

‘Henry Quayle: A Georgian ‘Stonecutter’ and his work’, The Georgian Group Journal vol XIX (2011), 94-105

 ‘East of Roscow: Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Development of Castletown east of the Silverburn’, The Antiquarian No 4 (April 2011), 8 – 14.

‘The Ramsey Slates: A distinct group of Manx Georgian Grave Monuments’, The Antiquarian No 3 (Autumn 2010), 3- 8.

Churches of Mann: Isle of Man Churches, Chapels and Keeills Explored in Words, Pictures & Music (Lily Publications, Ramsey 2009) 

‘Heraldry in the Isle of Man: History, Practice, Jurisdiction and Self-Image’, Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society Vol XII No 2 (2007-09)

‘Buildings in the Isle of Man by Thomas Brine: a Provisional Catalogue’, Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society Vol XII No 1 (2005-07)