John Pinch the elder was an architect working mainly in the city of Bath, England.
John Pinch was born at Callington, Cornwall where he was christened on 4 January 1769.
He was surveyor to the Pulteney and Darlington estate and responsible for many of the later Georgian buildings in Bath, especially in Bathwick. He started as an architect and builder in the 1790s. He was assistant to Thomas Baldwin as surveyor to the Pulteney estate and succeeded him as surveyor after Baldwin"s bankruptcy in 1793.
When the estate passed into the ownership of the Earl of Darlington he retained his position.
John Pinch married Martha Cleave (1772 – 1830) on Christmas Eve, 1792 at Street Mellion, Cornwall and died 11 March 1827 in Bath.