Books

Pevsner’s The Buildings of England

Last week I attended the launch (via Zoom) of the new edition of The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire, commonly known as The Pevsner Guide. The hefty new edition of The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. You can watch the interview with Clare Hartwell, who has throughly revised and updated the Nottinghamshire guide, on Five Leaves Bookshop's… Continue reading Pevsner’s The Buildings of England

Influences, Research

Architecture The Railways Built: St Pancras

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

Research

The Bodega, Pelham Street: Part Two

Previously, I began telling the story behind the building of The Bodega on Pelham Street. These days it's a popular music venue and bar, but it's been through several image changes over the years... I spoke to Alan Clifford on BBC Radio Nottingham about the building. While it's nothing to do with Watson Fothergill (as… Continue reading The Bodega, Pelham Street: Part Two

Lawrence G Summers, Watson Fothergill in Nottingham

Inside Watson Fothergill’s Office part two

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

Lawrence G Summers

Lawrence George Summers in Sherwood Rise & Mapperley Park

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

Lawrence G Summers

More about Lawrence George Summers.

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.

Lawrence G Summers, Uncategorized

On the trail of 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…