Talk, 11am, Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster
Geoff Branwood, 'The Work of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Architects of Lancaster'
Lancaster was home to one of Victorian and Edwardian England's most remarkable architectural practices. Founded by Edmund Sharpe in 1835, it acheived national and, indeed, international celebrity under the guidance of Hubert Austin (1841-1915) whom Pevsner regarded as an architect of true genius. Most of the firm's work was in the north west and is particularly famed for many splendid churches. But it was also responsible for a vast array of other work including country houses, hospitals, schools, shops, offices and even many of the buildings for the Furness Railway.
Geoff Brandwood, author of English Heritage's The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin (2012), will describe history of the practice and show many of its greatest buidling. Copies of his book will be available to purchase at the very special price of £35 (RRP is £50).