Before the mass production of cameras, artists provide the only contemporary record of what are now lost or overly-restored historic buildings.
To the lovers of ancient buildings it is the ‘feel’ of a building that makes them ‘great’. For SPAB member Allan Ockenden nowhere fits this bill better than the tiny medieval chapel at Yatton, tucked away in a corner of the Herefordshire countryside.
Three young architecture graduates have won the SPAB's prestigious ‘new design in historic contexts’ award, the Philip Webb Award, for their separate schemes proving that with imagination and sensitivity you don’t need to demolish historic buildings.
Medieval farmhouse on the edge of Exmoor, the site of a SPAB Guerilla Working Party to secure the building for the winter, has been officially recognised as ‘at risk’ by Historic England this week.