14 Letters More HIPs horrors – systemic failure suspected.
16 Philip Webb Award The Society’s annual competition for architecture students, a key encouragement to foster conservation awareness, has been clinched by a port renovation scheme for Newhaven. Rachel Bower reports.
22 Casework Why is the public paying for the unwise and insensitive removal of a 17th-century bell frame?; beautiful historic bridge faces oblivion at the hands of Warwickshire County Council; SPAB advises on stonework conservation at Salisbury Cathedral; hope at last for an old house at the heart of a listing tussle.
34 NEWS FOCUS: SELLING TEST For historic religious buildings, it is one of the most important issues under debate at the moment – the rights and wrongs of selling off church fittings to pay for repairs and maintenance. Gillian Darley reports on a recent meeting of the ancient legal forum deliberating over the matter, the Court of Arches, which has met at St Mary le Bow, London, since Chaucer’s day.
40 Monochrome magnificence
In 1951 Cornell Capa, one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed photographers and brother of legendary war photographer Robert Capa, spent a week at Winchester College, recording life there for ‘Life’ magazine. His pictures have recently come to light, and, like new pictures of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, by young British photographer Eleanor Curtis, point to the beauty of traditional social reportage work – in black and white – for recording buildings. Robin Stummer
hails a return to recording human life amidst ancient architecture.
48 Art always at heart The Art Workers Guild, brother body to the SPAB and once presided over by William Morris and his followers, is 125 years old this year. Alan Powers looks back over its history, and sheds light on the characters and common bonds between the two bodies – while present Brothers of the Guild are pictured at work by photographer Lara Platman for new book to mark the event.
58 Headers together The SPAB Fenland and Wash regional group recently hosted its first conference on historic brick. It turned out to be a highly entertaining and extremely useful event for all involved. John Wilson was there.
66 Pargeting An art, a craft, an ancient tradition – Douglas Kent’s Technical Q&A focuses on one of our most striking traditional architectural adornments.
68 New Books
Including Key Reads – Jim Boutwood on the enduring AR Powys practical guide, “Repair of Ancient Buildings”, first published in the 1920s.
72 Architecture in Art How Britain lost a Turner devoted to conservation.