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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The 78 Derngate Northampton Trust – Mission Statement

No 78 Derngate Northampton & adjoining properties Nos 80 & 82 Project Mission Statement: To restore and make available to the public 78 Derngate and to thereby deepen understanding and broaden awareness of the work and contribution of both Charles Rennie Mackintosh and W J Bassett-Lowke to its creation. To that end the Trust will […]

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The Friends of 78 Derngate

The Friends of 78 Derngate were founded in 1998 by a group of Northampton people interested to support the restoration of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh – designed house and its opening to the public. Membership of The Friends is open to all. The Friends of 78 Derngate support and promote the activities of the 78 […]

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“New Trust for 78 Derngate”

“To preserve the historical, architectural, aesthetic and constructional heritage of 78 Derngate for the benefit of the people of Northampton and the Nation at large.” 1998 will see the formation of a new charitable trust in Northampton – the 78 Derngate Trust. The Trust, which has been sponsored by a local benefactor, will oversee the restoration and operation […]

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

This washbowl was acquired for the 78 Derngate collection on 13th August 2014. Purchased at auction in Edinburgh ( bidder Rob Kendall ), the bowl is, as of 2015, displayed in the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate and can be viewed by visitors to the house. The decision to acquire this bowl is based on […]

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The Twist Family

The following information has been provided about the Twist Family, some members of which lived in central Northampton during The Great War period. WILLIAM HENRY SULLIVAN MM Company Serjeant Major 8277 6th Bn; Northamptonshire Regiment Died on Tuesday 26th September 1916, aged 29. Born at St Edmund’s Road, Northampton. Son of William Sullivan. Husband of Alice Maud […]

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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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Design drawing for the Hall Lounge of 78 Derngate

This drawing, in the collection of The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, was produced for W.J. Bassett-Lowke in 1916 whilst the Mackintoshes were living in Chelsea ( note the studio address written at the foot of the drawing ).  It shows in some detail key elements of the decorative scheme for the Hall Lounge of […]

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Furniture: Chair for 78 Derngate

This chair, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in 1970, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish and angular forms seen in his interior scheme for the Hall Lounge. The […]

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