Bassett Lowke

08 Apr 19
Emma Thurston / MA ART & DESIGN

Bekonscot was first created in the 1920s by a Beaconsfield resident, Roland Callingham (1881–1961). It is the oldest original model village in the world and portrays aspects of England mostly dating from the 1930s. Callingham, an accountant, developed the master plan for his miniature empire as an addition to his large back garden, drawing in […]

31 Jan 19
The Beyonder

GENERATIONS of children have delighted in the extraordinary miniature world of Bekonscot Model Village. Before the war, a teenage Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret were among early visitors to marvel at the village landscapes created by accountant Ronald Callingham in the back garden of his home at Beaconsfield. Originally, Callingham’s swimming pool and tennis […]

07 Dec 18
Kitty Calash

First come the jewelry sales, the big guns like Sotheby’s leading the way with sales as crazy as Marie Antoinette’s jewelry (Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Family of Parma, technically, though it sounds more like a delicious lunch than a sale), but the smaller houses play, too. Skinner’s sale closed December 5, Freeman’s earlier, but […]

29 Nov 18
Secret Scotland

Not sure how well-known 78 Derngate is outside the circle of Mackintosh ‘fanatics’, but it is a unique property which Mackintosh was involved in later in his career. He didn’t design the property, but was responsible for its later style. 78 Derngate was famously re-modelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916 for his client, Northampton […]

30 Sep 18
News Archives Uk

At Delapre Abbey today, there are plenty of experiences to highlight some of the great things Northamptonshire has to offer. Northamptonshire Day is dedicated to celebrating the best of our county, held this year on the grounds of one of Northampton's premier historic buildings. Barn owners and exhibitors discuss the things they do and do […]

11 Jun 18
The Travel Locker

Charles Rennie Mackintosh at 78 Derngate – Northampton The Cultural Quarter of Northampton includes the Leather & Shoe Museum, Royal & Derngate, NN Contemporary Art Gallery, Errol Flynn Film House and 78 Derngate, where you can view the only house designed and modified in England by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the most famous architects […]