Biography of Inigo Jones

Portrait of Inigo Jones

Inigo Jones was a seventeenth century architect.

When and Where was he Born?

19th July 1573, London, England.

Family Background:

Inigo Jones was the son of a cloth worker also called Inigo.


Apprenticed to a joiner.

Timeline of Inigo Jones:

1605: Jones begins work in London.

1616: Queen Anne the wife of Kings James the First commissions Inigo Jones to design a new pavilion for her at Greenwich which has since become known as the Queens House.

Queen's House, Greenwich
The Queens House in Greenwich designed by Inigo Jones (copyright Anthony Blagg)

1619-22: He designs the Banqueting House Whitehall, London.

1623-27: He designs the Queen’s Chapel, St. James Palace, London.

1631: Jones designs the church of St Paul in Covent Garden, London.

1633: Jones is offered a Knighthood by King Charles the First but declines it.

1636: He designs Wilton House in Wiltshire.

When and Where did he Die?

26th June 1652, Somerset House, London, England however the precise date and the reason for death are uncertain.

Age at Death:


Banqueting House
The Banquetting House Whitehall. Designed by Jones and the place where King Charles the First 
was executed on a scaffold just above the plaque to the left. (copyright Anthony Blagg)


Never married.

Site of Grave:

Buried with his parents at St Benet Paul’s Wharf church in the City of London, (Currently the Metropolitan Welsh Church).

Places of Interest:


Banqueting House, Whitehall.
Queens House, Greenwich, Near National Maritime Museum.
The Church of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

St Paul’s Church Covent Garden (copyright Anthony Blagg)