Burnley Grammar School – a Landmark project

Some buildings have passion… this is one. You can feel the Gothic Revival spirit of Burnley Grammar School. It was the first design of a former pupil, William Angelo Waddington, who went onto great things in architecture. It is listed grade II but could easily be II*.

I was privileged at the end of last year to spend considerable time studying the school. I was  assisting Burnley industrialist and another former pupil, Mark Crabtree OBE, creator of digital sound engineering company, AMS Neve, and Clitheroe architect, Ivan Wilson on a visionary project to convert it to The Landmark, a high-tech/digital collaborative working hub. As a lover of steampunk, just the idea of a High Gothic building becoming a place of digital networking is pretty beguiling!

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They love their church! – German news about Förderer’s Peace Church in Mohnheim:
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The Crescent, East Harling – experimental clay lump council housing of 1919-20 built for Norfolk County Council, designed by George J Skipper https://t.co/oHD7akX2Cp

St. Oswald’s of Oswaldtwistle

The last day of 2017 and here is a lovely shot of a rather green St. Oswald’s Church in Knuzden Brook village, Oswaldtwistle. The 1870s Victorian church is located near an ancient salt-way where King Oswald of Northumbria and his army passed on their way to the nearby Roman road from Ribchester. It was the route south which eventually took them to Oswestry, Shropshire and the fateful Battle of Maserfield of 642.

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Recent work…

I’ve had the good fortune to be involved in some exciting and enjoyable projects lately.

The first was taking on the post of heritage and conservation officer for Growth Lancashire, an economic development company supporting businesses across the county. Experiencing the direct approach of business development when your life is filled with nuanced understatement about architectural heritage is refreshing. Developing conservation approaches in this new environment will be very interesting.

Haworth Art Gallery – Tiffany Glass Collection

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Hampstead Garden Suburb

St. Jude’s Church in the central area designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

I’ve had an enjoyable afternoon at Hamstead Garden Suburb today, part of a private study project into the suburb and it’s buildings. The master planners were Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker, who also jointly designed Letchworth Garden City around the same time. A little later, Wythenshaw, Manchester was designed by Barry Parker. Edwin Lutyens also had a major influence on the suburb, especially in the design of the central area and the styling of many buildings.

Corringham Road

Hampstead is the most famous of all the pioneer Garden Suburbs and its layout, buildings, gardens and planting are all intensely artistic. I especially enjoyed the synergy between the architecture and the hedges and gardens. Hampstead may have been designed a hundred years ago but its appearance is recreated every year through the activities of its gardeners.

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