Designing utopia — Norman Shaw & architecture in Bedford Park, 7.30pm, 30 September 2021

This is the Bedford Park Society’s Betjeman Lecture, presented online by Nicholas Friend, MA, FRSA.  Buy tickets at £10 (plus booking fee) from TicketSource

The influential architect, Norman Shaw, was appointed Estate Architect of Bedford Park in 1877 early in the development of its unique character. His designs — houses, St Michael & All Angels Church and the Tabard Inn — set the tone for the estate, publicised as a utopia for those of modest means. The speaker will explore Bedford Park’s importance in the Victorian house design revolution, as its architects developed an aesthetic for the world’s first garden suburb.

Nicholas Friend was Founder-Director of the Cambridge University Art History Summer School for 25 years. Since 1986 he has also been Founder-Director of Inscape, the art history study tour society, which has taken its members into the active study of buildings and art galleries all over the world.

The talk including questions will last approximately one hour.


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