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
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
Earlier in the year, I was invited to talk to Alan Clifford on BBC Radio Nottingham about my walk The Hine Hike and the buildings of Thomas Chambers Hine. The programme recently got in touch with me to see if I'd like to talk to Alan on the radio again. They asked if I knew… Continue reading The Bodega, Pelham Street : Part One
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
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
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…