Edward Blore, (1787-1879) was the architect of Thicket Priory and one of the best-known architects of his day.  Edward worked on some of the most important buildings in the country including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Lambeth Palace.  Surprisingly, he was not trained as an architect – he started as an apprentice to an engraver, his work however spilled over into architectural drawings.  Sir Walter Scott was an early admirer, which led to him gaining the patronage and friendship of the Spencer family of Althorpe (Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales).  From there he gained the attention of King William IV and Queen Victoria.