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Tracking down a Northampton landmark

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Leafing lovingly through my old Meccano magazine the other evening, I cam across a fascinating article about a house in Northampton from the January 1930 issue. My history of architecture lectures never mentioned 'New Ways', although we did drool over, and even visit, 'High and Over' by Connell, Ward & Lucas not so very far away.

Do any of your readers know who designed 'New Ways'? Was the owner Bassett- Lowke himself, or did he commission an architect. Does it still exist?

J A D Hayward

Stanmore, Middlesex

The house was designed by Peter Behrens in 1925 for Bassett-Lowke, and incorporated a room reinstalled from the latter's house at 78 Derngate, which had been altered and decorated by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Pevsner refers to the 'completely new style of architecture' then entirely untried in Britain and only just beginning to be publicised by one journal, the Architectural Review, which duly illustrated 'New Ways' in 1926. The house still stands - Ed.

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