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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December 2003, Letter from Chairman of The Trust, Keith Barwell

Well, we did it. Well done to everyone. Looking at the final result of 78/80 made the whole effort worthwhile. Rather than write a self-congratulating piece – I’d prefer to do a de-brief. Janet Bassett-Lowke, Patricia Douglas, Maggie Barwell and Ros Harwood cut the ribbon We started the whole process in 1995, when Maggie my […]

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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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Curator’s Report – Collections’ Policy

The building work is progressing steadily. The steel skeleton inside number 80 is now complete and the staircase is in place. The lift will be installed in early April. Once all the heavy work is complete the more delicate operations in number 78 can begin. Mary Schoeser and Allyson McDermott have been liaising with the […]

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78 Derngate: The Past and the Future

Dr.Sylvia Pinches gave this address to the A.G.M. of The Friends of 78 Derngate, 26 November 2002. Dr. Pinches began by saying how much she is enjoying her role as Curator, taken up in January 2002. Her roles are many and various, and include continuing research as well as working on the design of 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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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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Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke

Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke (1877 – 1953) was the son of Joseph Tom Lowke. Tom Lowke’s stepfather, Absalom Bassett, had established a boiler making business in Kingswell Street, Northampton, in 1859. Tom Lowke continued the business, and when he married he gave his two sons, Wenman and Harold, the middle name of ‘Bassett’ in honour of his […]

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