Trip to Frimley ‘Elephant Houses’ and Farnborough’s RAE wind tunnels
Saturday 13 July Meet: Frimley, 10.30am (get details by email, below) End: approx 4pm, Farnborough Business Park
In Frimley we will visit at least one of the so-called ‘Elephant Houses’ designed by renowned architect Lawrence Abbott (above), once director at Richard Rogers Partnership and built by the Apex Society in the 1960s. Described by some as ‘Brutalist’, these upside-down houses are fun to visit and we shall hear from the owners if they are also fun to inhabit.
After lunch (at guests own cost) we visit Farnborough Business Park, the site of the former Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) for a guided tour of two Grade I and II listed wind tunnels, considered world-class monuments to 20th century technology. Our expert guides are volunteers from the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) and we will go inside the larger of the two wind tunnels where we can stand in the 30ft diameter fan blades. The wind tunnels are only open to the public via group bookings.
A walk around the West End (morning) and the City of London (afternoon) introducing new members to C20 architecture, led by Ian McInnes (morning) and Chris Rogers (afternoon) on Saturday 11th May 2013. Highlights in the morning included the Libertys store, Shops on and around Oxford Street, Sandersons Warehouse and Hotel, Copyright House and Centre Point. In the afternoon, Paternoster Square, Merrill Lynch Financial Centre, One New Change, Cheapside, No. 1 Poultry, New Court, Cannon street, Tower 42, Bishopsgate and the Broadgate Tower. Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Laurence Mackman on Flickr.
Piccadilly Line Classics: An Arnos Grove to Southgate Heritage Walk
A walk from Arnos Grove to Southgate station, through Arnos Park and the Minchenden Estate on Saturday 13th April 2013. This included visits to the Bowes Road library and swimming pool by W H Curtis (1935-39), the Piccadilly Line viaduct (1932), moderne houses by Frank Woodward and Ellington Court by Frederick Gibberd (1937). Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Cela Selley on Flickr.
A Hundred Years of social housing in Tottenham
A walk around Tottenham looking at social housing during the last 100 years led by John Goodier on Saturday 23rd March 2013. This included visits to the Broadwater Farm Estate, The Sandlings, Noel Park, the converted Crown Court, the Tower Gardens Estate, the Lordship Estate, Broadwater Farm Children’s Centre and housing by the Peabody Trust. Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Steve Cadman on Flickr.
From A to B: A walk from Aldgate to Bow along the Mile End Road
John East and Nicola Rutt led an autumn afternoon walk on Saturday 20th October 2012 in the best traditions of the Society. It spanned three tube zones, took in over 40 buildings along the Mile End Road and culminated in cocktails in a derelict industrial shed somewhere near the Olympic Park.
An all-day church crawl led by Robert Drake on Saturday 13th October 2012. This included visits to five churches designed by J Harold gibbons; St. Francis of Assisi, Gladstone Park (1933), The Ascension, Preston (1957), St. Mary’s, Kenton (1936), St. Barnabas, Northolt (1954) and St. Jerome, Dawley (1933) as well as other twentieth century churches. Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Des Hill on Flickr.
A walk around Woolwich led by Peter Guillary on Saturday 6th October 2012. The tour included visits to General Gordon Square, Equitable House, Woolwich Town Hall, Woolwich Centre, Woolwich Central Health Centre, Woolwich Polytechnic, Co-op Central and Department Stores, Granada Cinema, Odeon Cinema and various examples of c20 housing. Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Steve Cadman on Flickr.
Shepherds Bush: Hidden Gems
A tour of c20 architecture in Shepherds Bush led by John Goodier on Saturday 29th September 2012. The tour included visits to the Greenside School (including the mural by Gordon Cullen), Telephone Exchange, Shepherds Bush Pavilion and Shepherds Bush Empire, Grampians Apartments, Arndale (West 12) Shopping Centre, Cottages on Sterne Street, Westfield and Shepherds Bush Market, Wood Lane and White City underground stations. Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Laurence Mackman on Flickr.
A three day tour of war cemeteries in North East Italy led by Nicholas Long, Andrew Boddington and Gavin Stamp on Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September 2012. The tour was based in Treviso and included visits to cemeteries in Gorizia, Medea, Udine, Cargnacco, Castelfranco, Altivoli, Magnaboschi, Asiago, Bassano, Monte Grappa, San Biagio di Callalta, Montello, Giavera, Pederobba and Quero. Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Cela Selley on Flickr.
Stephen Dykes Bower and the Gothic Survival
Alan Powers led a tour of churches designed by Stephen Dykes Bower on Saturday 1st September 2012. The tour included his first church at Hockerill (1936), a small church and the grand Cathedral in Bury St. Edmund’s (1950s), the Parish church of Saffron Walden, and then the Quendon Church. Click on the image to see the full set of photos by Steve Cadman on Flickr.