Category Archives: Architecture

(Re) Excavating the Medieval Kiln at Newport, Pembrokeshire

Work on the Memorial Hall in Newport, near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire has moved on another stage as we have been able to begin re-excavating and recording the medieval kiln in the basement.  Having got the appropriate permissions, the aim has … Continue reading

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Bristol’s Modernist Architecture – Queen’s Court

Queen’s Court, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol In 1937 a large triangular site on Queens Road in Clifton, a hundred yards uphill from the landmark Victoria Rooms became the site of the first large-scale luxury block of flats built in Bristol. … Continue reading

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Bristol’s Modernist Architecture – The All Electric House

The All Electric House – Stoke Bishop, Bristol. I have been writing an essay about Marcel Breuer and his involvement with Bristol furniture manufacturers P E Gane Ltd in the 1935-6. Breuer was one of a group of designers and … Continue reading

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20th Century Tile Murals in Lisbon. Part 2 Eduardo Nery

My visit to the Avenida Infanta Santo in Lisbon was to see the four large tiles murals installed there in 1959 as part of a large public housing project (see the previous post). I had been lured there by a … Continue reading

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20th Century Tile Murals in Lisbon – Part 1

A few years ago someone gave me a book called The Art of Azuleyo in Portugal (1988). It is illustrated mainly in black and white and not very exciting, but right at the back is a short chapter entitled Modern … Continue reading

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The Compton Pottery, kilns and William de Morgan

Over half-term we visited the Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village outside Guildford in Surrey. I met Hilary Calvert who has written a book on the pottery at Compton at a Northern Ceramic Society conference last year . This was an art pottery set … Continue reading

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A visit to the Bulmer Brickworks, Sudbury, Essex

Last month we were visiting family in Essex and were invited to visit the Bulmer Brick and Tile Company at Sudbury and also the updraught kiln built by the Gestingthorpe History Group (see the previous post).  That adds up to a lot of … Continue reading

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