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The Early Years of Watts & Co | Watts & Co.

The Early Years of Watts & Co

While Watts & Co would become renowned for its clerical dress and ecclesiastical items, interior design commissions for stately homes predominated the practice in the firm’s earliest years. The earliest inventory of Watts’ stock, dating from 1878, includes seven distinct wallpaper designs by Bodley, Garner, and Scott Jr, whose Gothic...
by Michael Webb
Gothic Revivalism and the Legacy of Sir George Gilbert Scott | Watts & Co.

Gothic Revivalism and the Legacy of Sir George Gilbert Scott

‘It is a happy circumstance, that the style which on its own intrinsic merits recommends itself as the groundwork of the future, is that which above all others is calculated to enlist our love and sympathy, from its association with the past’. --- Sir George Gilbert Scott, Remarks on Secular and Domestic Architecture, Present and Future (1857).   Sir George Gilbert Scott, one of the most prolific 19th century English architects, trained all three of the founders of Watts & Co. at his practice: George Frederick Bodley, his...
by Michael Webb
Architectural Foundations: The Founding of Watts and Co. | Watts & Co.

Architectural Foundations: The Founding of Watts and Co.

The Public Worship Regulation Act  1874 was a year of aesthetic transition in England. The Public Worship Regulation Act was passed in order to curtail elements of High Anglican ritualism, including the use of vestments, incense, and a liturgical emphasis on the sacraments; simultaneously, in art and architecture, the genesis...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 27th and Last) Westminster | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 27th and Last) Westminster

  Our final station stop, where this service terminates.     Westminster is quite a station. Of the original, opened in 1868, there is nothing left, but all is now part of the above ground building: Portcullis House, opened in 1999, when the station was also extended downwards to a depth of 34...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl Part the 26th: Embankment | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl Part the 26th: Embankment

After a summer lull, we’re now ready to go on without last two stations: Embankment and Westminster. Embankment Station is really tied up with its neighbour Charing Cross, and the two of them are a survival of four stations, all within a ten minute walk. There has also been Trafalgar Square and Strand...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 25th) Temple | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 25th) Temple

Why is Temple called Temple? Not anything to do with sinister (or even non-sinister) Pagan rites, but rather this area was the home to the Knights Templar, just as Clerkenwell (St. John’s Gate) was home to the Knights Hospitaller. The Temple Church, which was their conventual church still stands to this day, and is a...
by Michael Webb
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