— St. Oswald's Church. (@StOswaldsChurch) February 25, 2018
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.
They love their church! – German news about Förderer’s Peace Church in Mohnheim:
They love their church! – German news about Förderer's Peace Church in Mohnheim: https://t.co/IcKSstJh40
— #SOSBrutalism (@SOSBrutalism) February 4, 2018
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
The Crescent, East Harling – experimental clay lump council housing of 1919-20 built for Norfolk County Council, designed by George J Skipper pic.twitter.com/oHD7akX2Cp
— Municipal Dreams (@MunicipalDreams) February 4, 2018
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.
One thing you notice about Oswaldtwistle War Memorial is that it is usually contre-jour and somewhat dramatic. When I took these photos, it was almost impossible to see the details of the sculptures in the low winter sunlight which lit up the millscape behind.
It was great to spend the first few hours of 2018 in my old Warwickshire stamping ground of north Birmingham. I just had to pull over to photograph William Bidlake’s Emmanuel Church in Wylde Green, near Erdington. It is a favourite of mine and is grade II* listed.
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.
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.