Having studied the building from the outside, the chance to have a look around inside the Offices of Watson Fothergill on George Street, Nottingham was too good to resist. Many thanks to Sarah Julian of BBC Radio Nottingham for giving me the opportunity and to the Bragas for letting me take a few quick photos… Continue reading Inside Watson Fothergill’s Office part two
I'm running another chance to join me for The Hine Hike: The buildings of Thomas Chambers Hine on Wednesday 5th June 2019, starting at 6pm. Tickets here. The Hine Hike 5 June 2019 Thomas Chambers Hine, 1813-1899, was possbly Nottingham's most prolific architect of the Victorian Age. His work across the 19th Century ranges from… Continue reading The Hine Hike: Evening Walk
In my last few blogs I've been looking at the life and work of Lawrence George Summers who was Watson Fothergill's assistant and an architect in his own right, albeit a somewhat less flamboyant one. The last installment left off in New Basford, from where I walked back to Sherwood Rise. I passed Fothergill's Norris… Continue reading Lawrence George Summers in Sherwood Rise & Mapperley Park
In the last blog I found out some more about LG Summers' family background. This time I'm going to take a look at some of his buildings. Starting from Sherwood, I went for a wander to find some of the buildings designed by Lawrence George Summers which are still standing in Nottingham. Around the corner… Continue reading Lawrence George Summers’s Buildings in Sherwood, Carrington & New Basford.
Some detective work looking for the rather elusive "architect's assistant". I’ve been using some online archives to see if there is anything else out there about Lawrence G. Summers and after some digging I think I’ve come up with a few clues. Starting with Ancestry.com (which is available to use for free in Nottinghamshire Libraries… Continue reading More about Lawrence George Summers.
Research can be a tricky business. The internet offers the researcher plenty of opportunities to find pictures, archived material and other useful records... but it can also throw up its own new set of new mysteries. For instance, the top returned result in a Google search for L.G. Summers, Watson Fothergill's assistant and the man… Continue reading On the trail of Lawrence George Summers…
After a good look around in Sherwood, I went for a further wander and caught a bus to Carlton to see if I could find the Brewery at Mar Hill (A71). Away from the bus route, deep into Carlton, I found the building. It was originally built for Mr Vickers, in 1899. It was convereted… Continue reading Light Industrial Buildings by Watson Fothergill.
I took the opportunity to have another look at the Ukrainian Centre (A.K.A. Clawson Lodge A43) as the Sherwood Christmas Craft Fair was taking place. Not only did I see some charming work by local artists Corinna Rothwell and Eloise Renouf (among others), I also ate a nice little sour-dough pie from Small Food Bakery.… Continue reading Fothergill Watson in Sherwood (slight return).
I'm planning to do some more of my short walks in the Lace Market with Debbie Bryan in December. The walk takes place at 2pm on 7th December, with a look at the architecture and history of St Mary's Gate. These tours will be similar to the Heritage Open Days tours that took place in… Continue reading Beauty In The Details: Christmas Edition!
A visit to London and I pulled in quite a few Victorian landmarks including Thomas Carlyle's House, using the last couple of days on my Art Fund Card (highly recommended if you visit a lot of museums). Carlyle's House features a bust of the writer on the front of the building, the portrait sculpted by… Continue reading Benjamin Creswick in London