Architecture – June

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm in the Lounge at the Congregational Church.    At our meeting in May, Dudley talked to us on the subject of  Betjeman’s Architecture. Dudley approached the subject from the point of view of the houses in which Betjeman lived or visited during his life. This provided a fascinating look at Betjeman’s life and loves! Betjeman was born in 1906 at 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, Hampstead but when 3 years old was living at 31 Highgate Hill – a little more up market. As a student at Oxford in the 1920s he often visited Sezincote, Moreton-in-the Marsh. A grand house built in the Indian Style with minarets and a dome. After Oxford, he was Assistant Editor of the Architectural Review(1930-1935) and associated with many architects of the period and members of the Arts and Crafts Movement. One of these was Charles Voysey(1857-1941) the architect of Moor Crag, Bowness-in-Windermere.  When he married Penelope Chetwode in 1932 they lived in Garrards Farmhouse, Uffington and later(1945) in the Old Rectory, Farnborough, and Berkshire, described as the finest English parsonage. He also lived in The Mead, Wantage; also at 43 Cloth Fair close to the oldest house in London(1614) – 41/42 Cloth Fair and in Treen Cottage, Trebetherwick, Cornwall where he died in 1984.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 25 June. There is a change to the published programme and we will be looking at two more English Towns, Whitby and Lewes with Alec Clifton-Taylor.

New members are always very welcome.  Please contact me if you are interested in joining the Group.

 Peter Ellement  tel.  01858 432966      E-mail: pge@btinternet.com