Church Kirk, Lancashire

The ancient church of St. James is believed to be founded on the site of King Oswald’s encampment in 642 on his way to Oswestry and martyrdom at the Battle of Maserfield. The church sits in a sub oval Saxon enclosure and combines a medieval tower with a Georgian nave and a Victorian chancel. It is now redundant and at risk.

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Conserving a Great Building, Upping your game

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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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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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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Littleborough Conservation Area

Today was especially enjoyable as I accompanied members of Littleborough Civic Trust around their town centre sharing ideas and knowledge about history and architecture and how best to revitalise the conservation area which was designated in 1977 and extended in 2011.

Historically, Littleborough was part of the Hundersfield township in the parish of Rochdale, Lancashire. It became Littleborough Urban District in late Victorian times and today it is one of the towns of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough in Greater Manchester.

Rochdale was an enormous parish and Hundersfield one of four rural townships, each as large as a parish. In Georgian times Hundersfield’s hilly landscape had farms, water powered spinning mills and weavers cottages but there was no town. It had a reputation for being one of the most picturesque routes over the Pennines. With the coming of steam and the railways, its population condensed into two new towns, Todmorden in the north and Littleborough in the south. Continue reading “Littleborough Conservation Area”