Mill workers’ poems about 1860s cotton famine rediscovered
After the double tragedy of the Glasgow School of Art… some good news…
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*.
1st July is also my birthday!
It’s always sad that a place of worship is to be demolished, no matter how modest. This Roman Catholic chapel lies in countryside close to the ancient village of Huncoat near Accrington. It has just been closed and will soon be demolished.
One of the three medieval churches of Hyndburn Borough (listed grade II*).
I’m so pleased this project is on site after so many years of preparation. My job today is to begin colour sampling the interiors to guide the redecoration. Long Street Methodist Church and Sunday School are perhaps the first masterpiece by the Arts & Crafts architect, Edgar Wood (grade II* listed). You can follow the project on artsandcraftschurch.org
Many Scots moved to Blackburn in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I like to think these town centre shops were designed to make them feel more at home. I love the thistle finials.
This is the former Ribblesdale Hotel in the centre of Blackburn, a building of the Thomas Collcutt style, full of ideas. The architect is presently unknown but as Collcutt designed the nearby Blackburn Museum, he cannot be ruled out.