fonds PACE - Pace Family Papers

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Pace Family Papers


  • c 1933 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

1 box

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Biographical history

George Gaze Pace was born in Croydon, Surrey, on 31 December 1915, the son of George Henry Pace, a shipowner’s clerk, and his wife Alice Gaze. He was educated at Addiscombe New College and then studied architecture at London Polytechnic whilst working for several architectural firms; James Ransome and Cootes, Darcy Braddell and Humphry Deane, and Pite, Son and Fairweather.

He qualified as an architect in 1939 and, after serving in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War, settled at York where he established his own practice, specialising in ecclesiastical buildings. In 1941 he married Ina Jones and the couple had five children together. Their son, Peter, also became an architect.

During his career George Pace worked on approximately 700 churches, combining modernist and traditional style. He was surveyor to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where he was responsible for the King George VI memorial chapel and tomb, as well as surveyor to the Diocese of Sheffield. He was also honorary consulting architect to the Historic Churches Preservation Trust and served as consultant to the cathedrals of Durham, Peterborough, Lichfield, Chester, Liverpool, St Albans, Newcastle and Southwark.

His notable works include the postwar restoration of Llandaff Cathedral, which included the new chapel of St Michael, the building of a new cathedral at Ibadan in Nigeria in 1960 and of Durham University Library in 1966. He also restored the bomb damaged church of St Martin le Grand on Coney Street, York, in the 1950s and built the new church of the Holy Redeemer at Acomb, York, in 1962 using materials salvaged from the demolished medieval church of St Mary Bishophill Senior.

He became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1949 and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1950. In 1971 he was appointed CVO (Commander of the Royal Victorian Order). He was also active in York conservation circles, as a member of the York Civic Trust and York Georgian Society.

George Gaze Pace died at York on 23 August 1975. His architectural practice was continued by his assistant Ronald Sims, who had joined the firm in the 1950s.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2009.

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Scope and content

George Pace's notes on Surrey churches, c.1933.


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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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The archive of the architectural practice of George Pace and Ronald Sims is also deposited at the Borthwick Institute.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by S. A. Shearn, 11.04.17.




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