As chair of the Edgar Wood Society, I sometimes help out at Hale in Trafford Borough which has a remarkable heritage of Edgar Wood houses. Here is a post about Greystoke on Hale Road.
Bridge Street, Cockermouth, yesterday. The rendered walls reflect the traditional construction of the area.
It’s been a real joy to see Dundee celebrating the opening of its stunning Victoria and Albert Museum, designed by Kengo Kuma. While the building has raised some questions, it chimes so well with the nautical heritage of the city while also being an engineering tour de force.
Dundee and much of Scotland appear rather excited… and so they should be. There has been little to celebrate culturally in the northern lands in recent years, so this wonderful project really lifts the spirit.
1st July is also my birthday!
Great to have Nathan Lee, Regional Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NW visiting our hetitage regeneration area of Church Kirk today.
Over the last two days there has been the statutory hearing into the Hyndburn Borough Development Management DPD, a key part of the Hyndburn Local Plan. Hearings are one of the rituals of town planning and part of the slow process of drawing up the statutory development plan. Continue reading “Local Plan Hearing”
This summer I have been visiting Hampstead Garden Suburb, in north London on a series of day trips. Hampstead was a pioneering garden suburb designed by Raymond Unwin, Barry Parker and Edwin Lutyens with many other Arts & Crafts Movement architects contributing buildings. Mervyn Miller’s book on the suburb has been indispensable!
I love this suburb and enjoy deciphering the nuances of design that Parker and Unwin pioneered and liked to use. Unlike their other estates, Hampstead’s buildings were designed by a wide range of Arts & Crafts architects, so there is a lot for the architectural historian as well as the town planner to see.
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