Diary

Meetings and Events

All talks & the AGM are held at 7.30pm in the Brunt Room at The Settlement in Letchworth Garden City unless otherwise specified. Admission is £5 or £4 for LGCS & LALG Members

Monday 10th April 2017 .

Country Cranks come to Town

Roger Newman Turner describes what brought his family to Letchworth nearly 60 years ago.

Monday 5th June 2017

AGM followed by a talk on Sollershott Hall by Tony Parker

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Saturday 25 March 2017 – Visit to Stoneywell and 78 Derngate

We depart from the Settlement at 9.00 where some parking will be available. We should be back in Letchworth no later than 7.00 pm.

In the morning we visit Stoneywell in Leicestershire a NT property. It is described as ” the realisation one man’s Arts and Crafts vision within a family home”. That man was Ernest Gimson, the well known architect-designer of the Arts and Crafts movement. He actually built three houses in the Charnwood Forest area , one each for himself, his brother Sydney and his sister Margaret. Stoneywell was Sydney’s home; it was built of rough local stone and black slate and was set into an outcrop of pre-Cambrian rocks. Originally thatched, it was reroofed with slate after a fire in 1939.

After lunch we will travel to Northampton to visit 78 Derngate, the only domestic commission undertaken by Charles Rennie Mackintosh outside Scotland. He was invited to remodel an existing house for Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke in time for his wedding in 1917. It is a most striking house, but not necessarily one you might wish to live in!

Please note that neither house is suitable for those with mobility difficulties although if you wish to join the visit we will do our best to make it as accessible as possible for you.

Cost – NT members – £25, non NT members – £32.50. Cheques made payable to Letchworth Garden City Society should be sent to Kate Thompson, 152 Kristiansand Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1TY.

Any questions on 01462 621248 or kathryn.thompson@ntlworld.com.