William Stanton (mason)

William Stanton (1639–1705) was an English mason and sculptor. He is known particularly for monumental masonry.

William Stanton, 1694 memorial to Thomas Savage, 3rd Earl Rivers in St Michael's Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK.


He was son of Edward Stanton, and nephew of the mason Thomas Stanton.[1] Thomas Stanton had set up a business adjacent to St Andrew Holborn in the first half of the seventeenth century.[2]

In 1663 William Stanton became free of the Masons' Company, and was Master of the Company in 1688 and 1689.[1] He worked at Gray's Inn around 1672.[2] In 1686 he became master-mason at Belton House, followed by a commission at Denham Place from 1689; and in 1701 was working at Stonyhurst.[1][2] Over 30 of his church monuments are recorded.[1]

William Stanton, memorial to Isaac Motham and his wife in St Remigius Church, Hethersett, Norfolk, UK.

Edward Stanton was his son.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Rupert Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851 (revised version of 1951 edition), pp. 366–8.
  2. 1 2 3 Fisher, Geoffrey. "Stanton, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/38004. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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