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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‘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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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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Francis Newbery in Dorset

An Easter visit to Dorset for me, my wife Dianne and some friends, John and Hazel, included some planned activities of walking and a creative response to the visual richness of the coast line. The creative bit was for three of us. John, Hazel’s husband, is a semi-retired accountant and it was his luck to […]

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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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Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

On the 23 April 2005 Rod and I went for a journey on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Henry Greenly, another Model Railway legend along with Captain Howey, bought the railway to Romney Marsh. Romney Station We arrived on a rather grey and cold day ready for the first train to leave at 10.30am. […]

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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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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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