Northampton War Memorial

Visitors to 78 Derngate who arrive on foot from the railway station cover a route of great history which includes the site of England’s medieval parliament, the most outstanding Norman church in the county, one of the few buildings that survived The Great Fire of Northampton and numerous other fascinating places, many of which are […]

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The Two Gentleman of Design: Josef Hoffmann, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and their Contribution to the Decorative Arts in Fin-de-Siecle Glasgow and Vienna

This article was first published in 2014 at http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/history_honproj/51 and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author Elizabeth Muir. Muir, Elizabeth, “The Two Gentleman of Design: Josef Hoffmann, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and their Contribution to the Decorative Arts in Fin-de-Siecle Glasgow and Vienna” (2014). Honors Projects. Paper 51. Illinois Wesleyan University. In the […]

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78 Derngate – a listed building

Numbers 76-80 Derngate were Listed Grade II on 9th December 1968 and this Listing was affirmed by 78 Derngate’s inclusion in January 1976 in the National Resurvey that formed the basis of The National Heritage List for England (NHLE). On the 11th October 1989 numbers 76, 78 and 80 Derngate were divided into three separate […]

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Dr Sylvia Pinches

Dr Sylvia Pinches is the former Curator of 78 Derngate ( 2002 – 2005 ). In post during the restoration of the house, she was responsible for the research and interpretation programme undertaken to prepare for its opening to the public in 2003. This involved extensive investigative activities to uncover and bring together all strands […]

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Letter from W.J. Bassett-Lowke to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 31st July 1916.

This is the earliest surviving correspondence between W.J Bassett-Lowke and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dated 31st July 1916 and on notepaper carrying Bassett-Lowke’s distinctive company letter heading, only the first page of the letter is known to survive. The purpose of the letter is to give Mackintosh an update on the progress of the work on […]

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Jug. Attributed to Joseph Maria Olbrich. c.1910.

This Wächtersbach jug was acquired for the 78 Derngate collection on 16th June 2019. Purchased online from a dealer in Bochum, Germany, the jug is, as of 21st June 2019, displayed in the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate and can be viewed by visitors to the house. The decision to acquire this jug is based […]

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“Travel” a painting by Philip Green

“Travel”. Philip Green. Graphite and gouache. c 600mm x 600mm. 1928. “Travel” was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke from artist Philip Green and was delivered to him in May 1928. The painting depicts various forms of travel, shipping, aeroplanes, trains and racing cars and is in a style considered modern for the 1920s – known now […]

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New Ways – sale of 2019

‘New Ways’ [ No.508 Wellingborough Road, Northampton ] – the radically modern house commissioned by W.J Bassett-Lowke in 1925/26 from Peter Behrens was put on the market for sale in January 2019. The house was marketed by Northamptonshire agents Jackson-Stops. The advertised guide price was £875,000.  [ Google Maps link ] The arrival of the […]

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