The Prince’s Trust in Blackburn

It’s a privilege to be working alongside The Prince’s Trust on a project to redecorate St. Oswald’s Community Hall, Knuzden, Blackburn. The team of volunteers comprises both young people and seasoned professionals. There is a distinctly positive air and a great enthusiasm for working through the issues and tackling the jobs from prep. to paint.

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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

Conserving a Great Building

At some point, a conservation planner, architect or other practitioner is responsible for conserving a truly great building, whether it be of polite, vernacular or technological architecture. In my experience, preserving something of genius, perhaps by a famous architect, is very different to run-of-the-mill conservation. It doesn’t happen every day, so here are a few thoughts gathered from my own experiences of working with greatness.

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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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Tain and Easter Ross

I’ve been staying near the coastal town of Tain in Easter Ross of the Scottish Highlands.

The Old Manse B&B, Logie Easter, Kildary is a lovely rendered house with an irregular layout that doesn’t quite fit its Georgian date. I later discovered it had been altered twice by Andrew Maitland, the Tain architect who established a local architectural dynasty in Victorian and Edwardian times. Inside there is a wonderful staircase balustrade rising through three storeys, probably from the 1854 changes.

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