Good for Godwin

Since 78 has been open, a number of visitors to the house also take a look at other buildings of note in Northampton and I have often been asked about the architect of the Victorian Gothic building at the beginning of Derngate In St. Giles Square. The Guildhall was principally designed by Edward Godwin, a […]

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Isle of Man

On the 28 April we went to the Isle of Man on the trail of the Bassett-Lowke furniture. During the First World War Bassett-Lowke had a large amount of furniture made for 78 Derngate by the internees at Knockaloe Camp. The Isle of Man was used as a base for Alien Civilian Internment camps in […]

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Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

On the 23 April 2005 Rod and I went for a journey on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Henry Greenly, another Model Railway legend along with Captain Howey, bought the railway to Romney Marsh. Romney Station We arrived on a rather grey and cold day ready for the first train to leave at 10.30am. […]

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Bassett-Lowke Catalogues

W J Bassett-Lowke and Harry Franklin advertised their products in a mail order catalogue, thought to be amongst the first in the world. For the first edition dated 1899 to keep costs to a minimum, spaces were left between the texts for illustrations. These were photographic prints that they had taken themselves, and then pasted […]

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7 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6

It was on a late summer day that Dr. Sylvia Pinches and myself were invited to 7 Hammersmith Terrace, which is only a little way down river from Morris’ Kelmscott House, to visit this Georgian property not that dissimilar in size to 78. Its real importance is its association with the Arts and Crafts Movement. […]

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Shaw’s Corner

George Bernard Shaw had been a guest of the Bassett-Lowkes on a number of occasions while they were at 78 Derngate so the Friends of 78 decided on a reciprocal visit to view his house and oh what a contrast to 78! W.J Bassett-Lowke and George Bernard Shaw pictured at Shaw’s Corner Built in 1902 […]

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Two Years On – by Dr Sylvia Pinches

I can hardly believe that it is two years since I began work at Derngate. In some ways the time has just flown, in others it seems as if I have worked here forever! When Rob Kendall asked me to write the usual up-date for the Newsletter I thought it would be a good opportunity […]

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December 2003, Letter from Chairman of The Trust, Keith Barwell

Well, we did it. Well done to everyone. Looking at the final result of 78/80 made the whole effort worthwhile. Rather than write a self-congratulating piece – I’d prefer to do a de-brief. Janet Bassett-Lowke, Patricia Douglas, Maggie Barwell and Ros Harwood cut the ribbon We started the whole process in 1995, when Maggie my […]

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Curator’s Report, October 2003

Well at last Wllllam Anelay’s men have left and the dust is beginning to settle. I had grown very fond of the builders, an excellent group of craftsmen, but I was still very glad to see the back of them! Not that everything is quite finished yet. After their departure Allyson and Adrian McDermott arrived […]

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Orchard House

Orchard House, Olney, Buckinghamshire, was designed by Alexander Ellis Anderson and built in 1904. It is a substantial town house that has been kept very much as the architect would have wanted it. The front of the house has large bay windows with impressive pillars by the door. Nearby at first floor level is an […]

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