Visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton

I recently had the opportunity to visit this beautiful Charles Rennie Mackintosh house with a group of friends.

The house belonged to Mr W. J. Bassett-Lowke who was a well known miniature model maker and model railway engineer. His Father had bought the house for him and when he met Mackintosh in 1916 they transformed it from a modest (well small) terraced house into a real thing of beauty. He married and brought his wife there in 1917. They lived there for nine years and then built  another arts and crafts house in another part of the city. After that it went through many hands until it was eventually fully restored to as near as possible as Mackintosh and he had made it. The rstoration included the purchase of the property next door to become a museum and to make access to the actual house much easier for visitors to move about. It is well worth a visit and they serve lovely meals in the tiny restaurant!, The house had running hot and cold water and also electicity – very unusual in those days.

Here are a few pictures I took there.



12 thoughts on “Visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton

  1. sewforever

    Oh that’s so interesting Dorothy. I like the photos too and all the Art Deco style artworks. The wall decoration is amazing except the striped wallpaper would have brought on a migraine if I had lived there!! It’s now on My List of Places to Visit! Thanks for sharing information and photos of this wonderful house.

    1. dorothyag Post author

      Hi Jill, That striped wallpaper would drive me mad too! It’s actually in the guest room. The bedspreads and lamshdes are in shot silk. Really beautiful.

  2. jordi

    I would imagine that guest overstayed their welcome in that striped bedroom… i love the rest and the photos are lovely, thanks for sharing..

  3. jordi

    and of course I meant DIDN”T overstay.. but then if the conversation was good you could just slide in with the lights off, I guess..

    1. dorothyag Post author

      Thanks Jordi. It was a great day out. You are quite right that guest bedroom would give one migraine! Apparently George Bernard Shaw used to stay there.

  4. dorothyag Post author

    Yes Myfanwy. I think you should it’s well worth a visit AND they serve good food! 🙂

    1. dorothyag Post author

      I agree, it’s a great place to visit. I’m plotting to go again soon as the entry ticket lets you re-use it for a year 🙂
      I had a job to look at thoe stripes. The bedspread was beautiful though all shot silk. 🙂


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