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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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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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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Curator’s Report, October 2003

Well at last Wllllam Anelay’s men have left and the dust is beginning to settle. I had grown very fond of the builders, an excellent group of craftsmen, but I was still very glad to see the back of them! Not that everything is quite finished yet. After their departure Allyson and Adrian McDermott arrived […]

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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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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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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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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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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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