In June, I visited Lichfield and called in at the Cathedral - the relevance to this project being that such a visit was a massive inspiration to Fothergill Watson when he was a trainee architect. Lichfield Cathedral front. Photo: Lucy Brouwer Whilst working in Frederick Jackson’s office in Nottingham, Fothergill visited many buildings of architectural… Continue reading Lichfield Cathedral
Prompted by a question about this building on the Nottingham Hidden History Facebook page... This building on the corner of Bridlesmith Gate and Victoria Street was a bit of a mystery... Photo: Lucy Brouwer Ever since I noticed the details in the frieze above the first floor on this building I'd been wondering what the… Continue reading NC Club: a mystery in the details
You won't be surprised to learn that I enjoy watching programmes about architecture on television. A great series that presents an accessible introduction to the history of architecture is currently running on Yesterday - Architecture The Railways Built, with the wonderfully enthusiastic Tim Dunn. Tim Dunn at St Pancras Station, Photo: BrownBob Productions This week's… Continue reading Architecture The Railways Built: St Pancras
I am trying out a new walk exploring the architecture of Thomas Chambers Hine, the other big name behind some of the most impressive Victorian buildings in Nottingham. This first walk will be a "work in progress" and I'll be looking for your feedback at the end of the route. Come and help me test… Continue reading Thomas Chambers Hine: The Hine Hike!
I recently visited Cardiff Castle to see William Burges' Clock Tower and the fantastical interiors he designed for the Marquess of Bute. Exterior of the Clock Tower at Cardiff Castle. (Photo: Lucy Brouwer). William Burges (1827-1881) was one of Watson Fothergill's great influences, his name and dates being one of those carved onto the front… Continue reading William Burges & The Gothic Revival