Bassett-Lowke Catalogues

W J Bassett-Lowke and Harry Franklin advertised their products in a mail order catalogue, thought to be amongst the first in the world. For the first edition dated 1899 to keep costs to a minimum, spaces were left between the texts for illustrations. These were photographic prints that they had taken themselves, and then pasted […]

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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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Two Years On – by Dr Sylvia Pinches

I can hardly believe that it is two years since I began work at Derngate. In some ways the time has just flown, in others it seems as if I have worked here forever! When Rob Kendall asked me to write the usual up-date for the Newsletter I thought it would be a good opportunity […]

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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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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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Scotland Street School – Repeat Design

It has been previously acknowledged that the stepped fire surround in the hall-lounge of 78 bears a striking resemblance to the decoration over the door in the west facade of the Glasgow School of Art. Closer viewing also shows that the dropped finials or ‘tassels’ in stone above the west door, as well as 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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