Awards & Competitions

Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Stonemasonry


Natural stone industry doyen John Bysouth became the first winner of The Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal, introduced in 2010 to mark “outstanding lifetime achievement in stonemasonry.” The Award was presented to John by HRH The Duke of Gloucester during a presentation dinner in London.

This new Award will be made every three years and the recipient will be chosen by a panel of judges including representatives from within Stone Federation and The Worshipful Company of Masons, and chaired by HRH The Duke of Gloucestershire.

Born in 1937, John began his career in stone as an apprentice at the age of 17 after gaining a National Certificate of Building at Tottenham Technical College in London.

He worked for Dove Brothers in Islington before joining his father in the family firm of J.Bysouth Ltd in 1958, becoming head of the firm when his father died. John worked on many prestigious projects including the Houses of Parliament, St.James's Palace, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, plus the completion of Guildford Cathedral and Brentwood Catholic Cathedral.

In 1994 he became a Stone Consultant and Technical Adviser to the Stone Federation, answering questions on a diverse range of subjects to the satisfaction of those who had a problem to solve. He has been President of the London Association of Master Stonemasons, President of the London Region of the Building Employers Federation and Master of the Worshipful Company of Masons.

In 1999 he was elected President of Stone Federation Great Britain and in recognition of his work for the industry was made a lifetime Honorary Member of the Federation. Currently he is a member of its Technical Committee and Chairman of the Membership and Subscription Working Party. Despite this busy life he still found time to develop and chair the Use of Stone Building Course for many years and give many CPD presentations on choosing and using stone.

He has written several technical documents including the new data sheet on the Correct Fixing of Fireplaces and has assisted in the formation of NVQ’s for Stonemasonry.

Passionate about training, John acts as a judge at competitions for young masons and has seen many of his own firm’s apprentices go on to success themselves.