William Weir and the SPAB

As part of Explore Your Archive 2020, the SPAB is celebrating the work of architect William Weir and marking 70 years since his death in 1950. Perhaps best known for his repair of landmark buildings such as Eastbury Manor in Barking, and Tattershall and Bodiam Castles, as well as a great many smaller buildings and churches countrywide, Weir was closely associated with SPAB’s co-founder Philip Webb, and with the Society for much of his career.

The SPAB archive houses a series of William Weir's notebooks and building reports, and his correspondence and condition reports are contained in numerous historic casework files stored in the archive. The notebooks include plans, sketches, and extensive notes about the buildings that Weir visited on behalf of the Society. The reports he wrote for us provided vital information at the time and today the materials are valuable to researchers about the history of individual buildings and the changes to villages, towns and cities across the UK.

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