Much of Symm’s greatest work was carried out in association with the distinguished Victorian architect Sir Gilbert Scott. Outstanding buildings such as Exeter College Chapel and fine projects at Christ Church Cathedral were the result of this collaboration. Since then Symm has constructed and restored many of England’s greatest houses and institutions, including Blenheim Palace and the Houses of Parliament.
The company was founded in Oxford by Daniel Evans in 1815. On his death in 1846 Joshua Robinson Symm, who had joined him as a stonemason in the 1830s and was married to Evans’ only daughter, took over the business. Working with pre-eminent architects of the day, the firm constructed many of the stunning 19th and 20th century buildings in the city, nearly all of which survive today.