Roger Arthur Philip Pinckney

Male, Person Number237, b. 9 November 1900, d. 4 December 1990
Relationships1st cousin 1 time removed of George Pinckney
4th great-nephew of Robert Pinckney
11th great-grandson of Thomas Pynkeney
23rd great-grandson of Guermond Picquigni
7th great-nephew of Roger Pinckney I
1st cousin 8 times removed of Philip Pinckney
Birth*9 Nov 1900Roger Arthur Philip Pinckney was born on 9 Nov 1900 at St Peter Port, Guernsey, England,
He was the son of Robert Arthur Pinckney and Evelyn Emma Pinckney
Census1901*31 Mar 1901Roger Arthur Philip Pinckney appeared in the 1901 census at 3 Lisle Terrace, St Peter Port, Guernsey, England,
Marriage*1958He married Nausicaa Goldsmith, daughter of Admiral Sir Lennon Goldsmith, in 1958 at New Forest, England, ; jan-feb-mar 6b 885.1
Death*4 Dec 1990Roger Arthur Philip Pinckney died on 4 Dec 1990 at age 90. 
Note*24 Dec 1990He Article in The Independent

ROGER PINCKNEY was one of the many unsung church architects of this century, whose contribution to the repair of old churches in Hampshire was deliberately invisible, and whose new buildings never attracted fashionable attention.
Pinckney was captivated by the vaulting at sherborne Abbey during his schooldays and entered the office of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1919, working on several of Scott's major buildings, including Ampleforth Abbey, Battersea Power Station and Liverpool Catherdral. In partnership with Arthur Gott, he won the competition for Sydney Cathedral in 1938 with a design reflecting Scott's influence, notably in the power of the sheer wall-surfaces, relieved by an efflorescence of Gothic detail at the upper level.
The design was never executed, neither was their winning design for Colombo Cathedral, selected by Scott in a competition in 1947. The central domed space, massive round-arched nave and unexpected pointed-arched vault show the lifelong influence of French churches and cathedrals (Albi above all) on Pinckney.
Pinckney toured France in a luxurious cabriolet de ville known as Sydney Cathedral, which had been bought with the premium money from the competition, but refused to get out of the car when the rest of the party visited a chateau, having eyes only for churches.
In 1964, after Scott's death, the Liverpool Cathedral Committee decided that they could not proceed with his 1942 design for the completion of the west end of the cathedral, and Pinckney collaborated with Scott's former office manager, F.G.Thomas, in an alternative design which more than halved the projected cost, enabling the completion of the cathedral to take place in 1978.
Pinckney's design restores the symmetry of the cathedral about the central tower, from which Scott had temproarily departed in his romantic, highly-ornamented and long-delayed proposal.
Pinckney's own post-war churches in Winchester, Andover,and Southampton are in the "Contemporary" style, designed for internal effect, with remarkable roof structures. St Michael's, Andover, 1962, has a fine interior with a shallow concrete vault, full-height windows and inverted tapering columns. Many small country houses in Hampshire and Sussex were designed by Pinckney in a Lutyens style. His own house in Lymington was built in 1921, and occupied jointly with his mother, who was his companion in sailing, the other passion of his life.
They jointly captained a Bristol Channel pilot cutter, named Dyarchy, and in 1938 Pinckney commissioned a yacht, also to be called Dyarchy, built in Sweden to designs by Jack Laurent Giles, which became one of the most admired and photographed yachts of its time. In order to supervise construction, Pinckney learnt Swedish, and designed the interior himself. He was considered to be technically one of the finest sailors of his time, although he thought it boring to go out of sight of land. He was Rear-Commodore, and later Commodore, of the Royal Cruising Club, and married Nausicaa, daughter of another former Commodore, Admiral Sir Lennon Goldsmith.
He was bearded and frequently bare-chested, revealing a seven-colour tattoo of a chinese dragon called Vomita. He wore only such clothes as were visible on the outside, dispensing with hidden layers. Not since Augustus Welby Pugin have Gothic architecture and sailing been so memorably allied.
By Alan Powers
Roger Arthur Philip Pinckney, architect and yachtsman, born Guernsey 9 November 1900, married 1958 Nausicaa Goldsmith, died Lymington 4 December 1990. on 24 Dec 1990. 
Last Edited26 Mar 2010


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