The number of architect baronets is minuscule, so Astragal is pleased to learn of an addition, following the death of the journalist Sir Ronald Preston last year. His cousin Philip Preston, an architect living in France, has become the eighth holder of the title. He joins a small band including veteran Sir Martyn Beckett, and eligible bachelor Tom Croft, Sir Thomas in private life. It will be remembered that the only architects raised to the hereditary peerage were both baronets: Sir Thomas Graham (tg) Jackson, architect of much of late Victorian Oxford, and Sir Alfred Bossom, who admittedly was given his peerage for political rather than architectural services (he was a Tory mp). On the down side, I can't help recalling Jeeves' remark to Wooster that baronets represent a 'notorious tier of society'.