A Clock Comes Home

  Below is the story of a certain clock finding its way back to 78 Derngate, its original home. The clock was of German manufacture (Lorenz Furtwangler & Sohne) from the early 20th century and was bought by the Bassett-Lowkes, it is thought, during the early years of their marriage during their travels on the […]

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Meet Tortoise!

This black painted cast iron novelty bell was acquired by W. J. Bassett-Lowke it is thought sometime before 1926; the year that the Bassett-Lowkes moved to ‘New Ways’. Similar cast iron table or desk bells of German manufacture were being made around the turn of the twentieth century. At New Ways, Tortoise lived on a […]

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New Ways

Apparently Bassett-Lowke would have liked Mackintosh to have designed his new house, but lost contact with him when he moved to the South of France. It took some time to find a suitable alternative architect but after reading about Peter Behrens’ work in the German magazine ‘Werkbund Jahrbuch’, Bassett-Lowke decided to ask him to design […]

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The Chelsea Years – Pamela Robertson

Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Professor of Mackintosh Studies and an internationally recognised authority on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, gave an evening talk in December 2007 to Friends and Volunteers of 78 Derngate. Her talk, which was very well attended and much enjoyed, concentrated on the […]

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The Bassett-Lowke Gnomes

Many of you I know have seen this photograph of the gnome peering over the balcony at Number 78 and wondered about it.  A conversation with my sister when she was over from America in the autumn reminded me that there were numerous gnomes in the garden of New Ways although I could only clearly […]

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Ray Stutley – former worker at Bassett-Lowke

I spent an enjoyable and informative afternoon with Ray Stutley. Ray worked for Bassett-Lowke from 1931 to 1980, in fact all his working life. He had not intended on this course of life and had been accepted to work as a window dresser. His father, however, was not so keen on this occupation for his […]

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Basset-Lowke and Dolls’ House Furniture

“The furniture illustrated in this catalogue represents the first attempt to provide scale models for the doll’s house, for although we have brought the working models of ships and railways to perfection and so provided the boys with the best of toys we have hitherto sadly neglected the interests of girls.” These are the opening […]

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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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