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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Deco – V&A

A viewing of the Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibition at the V & A was a visual delight with a whole range of decorative work that was brought together to reflect what has come under the generic umbrella of Art Deco.   Smoker’s cabinet for 78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1916. Image: V&A To my view […]

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Two Suites To Mention

While the Friends of 78 may be considering raising monies towards the refurbishing of the guest bedroom many may not be aware that even from its inception its unusual style was sought after by friends of Wenman Bassett-Lowke . A second complete set of the bedroom suite was made for Sidney Horstmann, friend and business […]

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Art Deco Images

In the years between 1910 and 1939 the highly innovative design form known as Art Deco emerged, flourished, shone like a laser beam and was eclipsed by the events of World War 2. In company with many things classical it was revived, and its reappearance stimulated a new generation of followers. Northampton played host to […]

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Recreation of wall stencil, 78 Derngate.

This wall stencil was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1920 during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It  was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the re-decoration of the Hall Lounge at 78 Derngate. The design replaced an earlier scheme by Mackintosh implemented in 1916-17. A set of drawings for this stencil scheme are in the RIBA […]

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Bedford Mansions 1935

Bedford Mansions [ 52°14’08.8″N 0°53’24.0″W ] is a four storey block of flats built in 1935 on the North side of Derngate, Northampton. The front of the building extends from Spring Gardens in the east to Bedford Place in the west. Two side wings extend back from Derngate to form a U-shaped ground plan. A […]

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