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Kingsley Amis

revised by M. Clare Loughlin-Chow

Betjeman, Sir John (1906–1984), poet, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 28 August 1906 at 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, north London, the only child of Ernest Edward Betjemann (1872–1934), a furniture manufacturer, and his wife, Mabel Bessie Dawson (1879–1952). The family name, of Dutch or German origin, can be traced back to an immigration in the late eighteenth century. The poet adopted his style of it about the age of twenty-one....

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Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1955 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's

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G. B. Smith

revised by Ruth Richardson and Robert Thorne

Godwin, George (1813–1888), architect and journal editor, was born in Brompton Terrace, Kensington, London, on 28 January 1813, one of nine children of George Godwin senior (1780–1863) and his wife, Mary Anne (1790–1872). His father was an architect and surveyor who played a significant role in the development of ...

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George Godwin (1813–1888) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1865 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hastings, Hubert de Cronin (1902–1986), editor, was born on 18 July 1902 at Spring House, Kingston Road, Merton, Surrey, the third son of Percy Hastings, proprietor of the Architectural Press and founder in 1896 of the Architectural Review, and Lilian Julie Bass. He was educated at ...

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Jordan, (John) Robert Furneaux (1905–1978), architectural historian and journalist, was born on 10 April 1905 at 17A Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the son of John Furneaux Jordan (1866–1956), consulting surgeon, and his wife, Mildred, née Player (b. 1873). He attended West House preparatory school...

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Parker, John Henry (1806–1884), writer on architecture and publisher, was born at his parents' home, 157 Strand, London, on 1 March 1806, the son of John Parker, businessman, and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Ryder. He was educated at the Manor House School, Chiswick...

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Monica Helen Ida Pidgeon (1913–2009) by unknown photographer, 1980s RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Pidgeon [née Lehmann], Monica Helen Ida (1913–2009), architectural journalist and editor, was born on 29 September 1913 in Catemu, Chile, the younger daughter and second of the three children of Andrew William Lehmann (1878–1970), chairman of a copper mining company, and his Scottish wife, ...

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Statham, Henry Heathcote (1839–1924), architectural writer and journal editor, was born at Everton, Lancashire, on 11 January 1839, the eldest son of Henry Heathcote Statham, a solicitor, and his wife, Irene Elisa, née Horner. The journalist Francis Reginald Statham was his younger brother. He was educated at ...

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Henry Heathcote Statham (1839–1924) by Elliott & Fry RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Weale, John (1791–1862), publisher and writer on architecture, was born in Westminster on 22 October 1791, the son of John Weale (1754/5-1805) and his wife Ann née Smith. He began work as an errand-boy to Thomas King, a bookseller of Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London...