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John Leopold Denman: A forgotten Brighton Architect – an illustrated talk by David Robson

Joseph Cribb portrait of Leopold Denman on the Citizen’s Building Society in Brighton.

Credit: David Robson

C20 Southern Group are delighted to present an illustrated talk by David Robson on John Leopold Denman, a Brighton-based architect whose career spanned the two World Wars on Friday 24th April. John Leopold Denman was a Brighton-based architect whose career spanned the two World Wars. He built over two hundred buildings, including the Royal Masonic Girls’ School in Rickmansworth, the SW Surrey Crematorium in Feltham, the cathedral archive in Canterbury, the Masonic Temple in Brighton and one of England’s last large country houses at Erridge Park as well as more than a dozen churches and around fifty pubs.

He was Vice-President of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a founding member and President of the Regency Society of Brighton and Hove. He worked closely with a group of Ditchling artists that included Joseph Cribb and Louis Ginnett and was himself a talented draughtsman. His legacy includes an archive of beautifully crafted drawings that is currently shared by the Regency Town House and the RIBA Drawings Collection and an invaluable book about Sussex churches.

David Robson has been tracking down and photographing his buildings and believes that his work merits wider recognition and a greater degree of protection.

The event is under the auspices of the Friends of St Michael and All Angels

Date: 24th February

Venue: St. Michael and All Angels Church, Victoria Road, Brighton

Time: 6.30 pm

Tickets: £12 (including drinks) from the Friends of St. Michael and All Angels

David Robson will be leading an event for the C20 Society in Brighton in June 2020 on this subject. Look out for booking information later this year.