5 The Drive – a room design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

In 1919 Charles Rennie Mackintosh was commissioned to design the interior of  the dining room at no 5 The Drive Northampton [ location ]. This large Edwardian house was at this time home to Frank Jones, brother to Mrs Bassett-Lowke, whose husband Wenman Joseph had previously commissioned Mackintosh to remodel 78 Derngate ( 1916-17 ) […]

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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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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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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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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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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Book Covers

For a time there was a belief that the cover on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of W. J.Bassett Lowke’s The Model Railway Handbook was designed by Mackintosh. There are copies of the Handbooks here at 78 Derngate and a copy of the book was displayed and attributed to Mackintosh at the 2006 […]

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A Dream Come True

The following story, “A Dream Come True” was first published in 1926 as an ‘advertorial’ piece by W.J. Bassett-Lowke. The content clearly encourages readers to buy a model railway for their children for Christmas. It was accompanied by information on how a reader could get the Bassett-Lowke company Christmas catalogue. Uncle Wynne’s Christmas Story – By […]

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Bassett-Lowke and The Mulberry Harbour

I found an interesting photograph the other day in my parents’ house. I had been rummaging through an old blanket chest and found the accompanying picture. The picture was taken in 1974 and shows my father and mother, Mr and Mrs Tom Hall, looking down on Bassett-Lowke’s model of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches in […]

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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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