William Winde

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Captain William Winde[1] (c.1645–1722) was an English gentleman architect, whose military career under Charles II, resulting in fortifications and topographical surveys but lack of preferment, and his later career, following the Glorious Revolution, as designer or simply "conductor" of the works of country houses, has been epitomised by Howard Colvin, who said that "Winde ranks with Hooke, May, Pratt and Talman as one of the principal English country house architects of the late seventeenth century" (Colvin 1995, p 1066).

Winde was born in Holland to English parents.[2]


His work included:

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Possible attributions include:

Capt. Winde also gave designs for parterre gardens


Winde married Magdalene, daughter of Sir James Bridgeman. His correspondence with his cousin Lady Mary Bridgeman of Castle Bromwich Hall, is at the Staffordshire Record Office.


  1. ^ Wynde is pronounced with long i, to rhyme with find, since the last of forty dedications of Sir Balthasar Gerbier's Counsel and Advise to all Builders (1663) is addressed to "Master William Wine" (Colvin 1995, s.v. "Wynde, William", p. 1065).
  2. ^ Geoffrey Beard, "William Winde and Interior Design", Architectural History 27, Design and Practice in British Architecture: Studies in Architectural History Presented to Howard Colvin (1984:150-162)
  • Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840 (3rd ed. 1995)