Clerk of works for Scott at Lichfield Cathedral in around 1857-61, when he was succeeded by Vickers and J. T. Irvine. He moved to Ripon in 1862, where he was criticised by Scott for introducing too much new stone into the central tower. This episode apparently ruined his health and he was laid low for several years and not expected to recover. However, in 1874-5, he was back working again at Ripon.