2017/18 Annual report
We have had a
mixed year with some meetings being really well attended and
others not quite so well attended. School holidays seem to
have a really detrimental effect on numbers in our group. Also, I
find that members are leading even more active lives with more
holidays etc. (inc. myself) which also affects attendance.
That said, we all do enjoy our meetings.
With an interesting
subject like Architecture (and the Social History of Buildings) there
is always plenty to talk about. This year we have discussed,
Bridges, Industrial Buildings, Richard Rogers and so on, so a
Our Xmas social went well. We had guests to
our bring a plate and Graham Dives very kindly brought along his
Bracknell film for us to view.
17th April 2018 - London Wapping Walk
was a joint outing with members of the Arcitect and Out and About
groups. 25 members went up to London for a blue badge guided walk with
Sally Botwright. This walk was around Wapping, an
area many of us didn't know that well. We started at Tower Hill then
wended our way to the Prospect of Whitby pub, by way of St Katherines
dock and Wapping High Street.
saw roman walls, brutalistic architecture (Prince Charle's bete noir),
a few very ugly modern buildings that should not have been allowed, and
many warehouses, now converted into non-affordable ( not by me anyway)
a special treat, I phoned the Queen the day before and arranged for the
Royal Barge, Gloriana to not only be in St. Katherine's dock at the
right time, but to sail right past us and through the lock
into the Thames. I had also arranged some good weather for
the walk, as it was dry, partly sunny and not too hot. Just right for
By the way, a special thanks to those members who send me an e mail to
say thank you for arranging the walk, they had had a good time. It is
always nice to know that members have enjoyed the treat.
1st July 2015
- King's Cross & St.
day of the year and what are the Architect Group doing?. Going on a
guided tour round St. and Kings Cross station, with beautiful cathedral
like roofs made of glass!
The tour was
great, This part of London is being updated and it's really
paying off. It is now a really attractive place to visit, even if not
catching a train!
Our thanks go
to John Betjeman who stopped St. Pancras being pulled down and
replaced. There is a statue of him in the station.
One of those statutesthat
make you want to touch it. I think the
whole group were very impressed with the way the old and the new had
bee made to complement each other, instead of making one
flinch with distaste. I'm not saying it's all a success, but
the actual architecture of the modernisation and restoration of the 2
stations themselves and how they have been melded together is very
Our guide was
very knowledgeable and was able to tell us many stories about the
station and about the St. Pancras Hotel. The hotel was
designed by Gilbert Scott. Instead of central heating each room had a
fireplace. Instead of en suite facilities, it was designed so that
baths could be wheeled into the room. Instead of loos there
was porcelain chamber pots. The hotel lasted 60 years, but
it's surprising it lasted that long, considering the army of servants
needed to light fires, fill baths with hot water and empty chamber
pots! However, it is now restored - with bathrooms at long
last, and the best rooms are £4k per night.