Two go to a castle

A different two this time - not Dave but my good friend Annie and I, who visited Sizergh Castle near Kendal yesterday afternoon. The castle itself was still shut for the winter season, but the gardens were mostly open and as they're lovely we had a really good wander round. Not only that but the... Continue Reading →

Up T’crack

Don't worry, I'm not being rude - this is the delightful name for a small alleyway off Kirkland in Kendal, which we explored for the first time yesterday. The name refers to the first few yards of the alley - a steep, stepped section leading up between the high stone walls of the neighbouring buildings... Continue Reading →

New listing for Liverpool landmark

I was delighted to see the news that Liverpool's Philharmonic Dining Rooms, more usually known as the Philharmonic pub or even just "the Phil", has been awarded Grade I Listing for architectural and historic merit. Although I grew up near Liverpool and went to university there, I've only ever been inside the building once. My... Continue Reading →

Snazzy twenties style

There's a nice article about art and design in the 1920s in this month's (February) Period Living magazine. For anyone who loves their Art Deco it's a great introduction to the subject, covering what influenced the style (nature and Egyptian motifs from the newly-discovered Tutankhamen's tomb, amongst other things), why it appeared in the 1920s... Continue Reading →

Putting the art in architecture

There's a wonderful gallery of photographs in the Guardian today, showcasing the winners of the Art in Building photography contest run by the Chartered Institute of Building. The results show buildings, or bits of buildings, or views from buildings, from right around the world. Some are incredible because of the buildings themselves, others because of... Continue Reading →

Two go to a castle (or not)

Wray Castle is a huge lump of a castle which squats on a hilltop overlooking Windermere and manages to look both Arthurian and menacing. Although roughly Medieval in form it was built in the mid 19th century by wealthy Liverpool surgeon Dr James Lawson as a "retirement home" for him and his wife, although the... Continue Reading →

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