Rev. John Pridden was an Anglican clergyman, antiquarian, architect and philanthropist, born in 1758. He was Vicar of Heybridge, Essex from 1783 til 1797, Little Wakering, Essex from 1788 til 1797, then vicar of Caddington, Bedfordshire from 1797 til 1825. He was also a minor canon of St Paul's Cathedral, and curate at St Brides, London along with several other appointments. His commitments were such that his Bishop queried how he managed them all.
He toured Cornwall in May 1785. His known Cornish works are a North West View of Karn Bre Castle on Karn Bre Hill (sic) and a Saxon Doorcase at the White Hart Inn, Launceston.