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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A Clock Comes Home

  Below is the story of a certain clock finding its way back to 78 Derngate, its original home. The clock was of German manufacture (Lorenz Furtwangler & Sohne) from the early 20th century and was bought by the Bassett-Lowkes, it is thought, during the early years of their marriage during their travels on the […]

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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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Francis Henry Newbery: 1855 – 1946

(Relating to a recent exhibition and associated events in Dorset in April/May 2008) Fra Newbery was a leading figure in British art and design in the twenty years around 1900. As Director of Glasgow School of Art from 1885 to 1918, he made the school one of the major art training institutions in the world. […]

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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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The Bassett-Lowke Gnomes

Many of you I know have seen this photograph of the gnome peering over the balcony at Number 78 and wondered about it.  A conversation with my sister when she was over from America in the autumn reminded me that there were numerous gnomes in the garden of New Ways although I could only clearly […]

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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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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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