‘Queen Elizabeth’ – a model made by Bassett-Lowke Ltd

Bassett-Lowke Ltd., Model of Queen Elizabeth, 1947–48, white mahogany, gunmetal, and brass. Gift of Cunard Line Ltd., 1970, M14220. © 2017 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Kathy Tarantola. In 1947 Bassett-Lowke Ltd received a commission from The Cunard White Star Line to construct a scale model of the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ liner, then preparing for post-war […]

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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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78 Derngate: The Past and the Future

Dr.Sylvia Pinches gave this address to the A.G.M. of The Friends of 78 Derngate, 26 November 2002. Dr. Pinches began by saying how much she is enjoying her role as Curator, taken up in January 2002. Her roles are many and various, and include continuing research as well as working on the design of the […]

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George Bernard Shaw

In October, 2002, the Royal Theatre, Northampton, presented the Trust with a copy of a photograph of George Bernard Shaw, Margaret Bondfield (prospective parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party) and W.J. Bassett-Lowke on the doorstep of 78 Derngate. This photograph had been reproduced in the programme of a 1972 production of Shaw’s Arms and the […]

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Christie’s

Christie’s sale, “Designed by Architects: Important works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and others” on November 6th, 2002, drew considerable interest as it was the first major sale of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (CRM) work from an international private collection. Furniture in the sale was of real interest to The Friends of 78 given that several pieces […]

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Mackintosh Bedrooms for Bassett-Lowke

In 1916-17 Mackintosh was involved in recasting 78 Derngate, a somewhat pokey early 19th-century terraced house in Northampton, for an interesting and exacting client, W. J. Bassett-Lowke of model railway fame. Research which I have begun for the 78 Derngate Trust in connection with the Heritage Lottery funded project to restore the house is building […]

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Early History of 76, 78, and 80 Derngate

I have now been able to examine the deeds of 78, 80 and 82 and Mr & Mrs. Loe kindly allowed me to look at the deeds of 76.  An interesting tale is emerging. The land on the south side of the eastern end of Derngate, although within the old town walls, remained undeveloped until […]

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Ownership and Occupancy of 78 Derngate

The details below were extracted by Perilla Kinchin as part of her research on Derngate for the Trust from copies of deeds kindly supplied by John Shallcross of Hewitson, Becke & Shaw. 1 July 1916 The house bought by Joseph Tom Lowke of 13 Kingswell St. from the Trustees of Mary Ann Hughes. the property […]

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The Guest Bedroom

The view accepted since Roger Billcliffe’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture published in 1979 is that the guest bedroom at 78 Derngate was originally furnished with a mahogany suite designed by Mackintosh (CRM). There exist designs, one dated September 1917, and 3 sets and a partial set of the furniture itself. The well-known suite […]

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5 The Drive

There is still a chance for you to buy a Mackintosh room of your own as 5 The Drive is still on the market for £250,000. The grade II listed house is essentially an Edwardian five bedroom house near the Racecourse, Northampton, but the listed status is for the Charles Rennie Mackintosh (CRM) designed dining […]

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