Walton and Hersham

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Special Interest Days 2014 

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Walton and Hersham


These special interest days take place at the Riverhouse in Walton and normally take the form of two lectures in the morning followed by lunch. A further lecture or discussion follows in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 25th March

Castle Drogo, architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens
Castle Drogo, architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens
(photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

From Edwin Lutyens Everyday Surrey to Empire's 'Wrenaissance'

Clyde Binfield

'Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, OM, KCIE, PRA, FRIBA (29 March 1869 – 1 January 1944), was a British architect who is known for imaginatively adapting traditional architectural styles to the requirements of his era. He designed many English country houses.

He has been referred to as "the greatest British architect" and is known best for having an instrumental role in designing and building a section of the metropolis of Delhi, known as New Delhi, which would later on serve as the seat of the Government of India.' (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, 30th September

Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace from the northeast from Dickinson's
'Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851,
architect Sir Joseph Paxton
(copyright expired)

The Gardener and the Greenhouse: The Extraordinary Life of Sir Joseph Paxton

Edward Saunders

'Sir Joseph Paxton (3 August 1803 – 8 June 1865) was an English gardener, architect and Member of Parliament, best known for designing The Crystal Palace.'




Tuesday, 9th December (evening)


The History of Stained Glass Seen Through the Christmas Story

Diana Lloyd

Pictured right is the north transept rose of Chartres Cathedral donated by Blanche of Castile. It represents the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven, surrounded by Biblical kings and prophets. Below is St Anne, mother of the Virgin, with four righteous leaders. The window includes the arms of France and Castile.