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Amherst [formerly Tyssen-Amherst], Alicia Margaret [married name Alicia Margaret Cecil, Lady Rockley] (1865–1941), garden historian, was born on 30 July 1865 at Didlington Hall, Didlington, near Mundford, Norfolk, fifth of the seven children (all daughters) of William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst (1835–1909), landowner, and his wife, ...

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Bilson, John (1856–1943), architect and architectural historian, was born on 23 September 1856 at Crown Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son of John Bilson (1828/9–1892), maltings clerk, and his wife, Eliza Ann, née Mayston (1827–1910). He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and was placed fifth nationally in the honours division for matriculation for the ...

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Bolton, Arthur Thomas (1864–1945), architect and architectural historian, was born on 14 April 1864 at 37 Westbourne Park, Bayswater, London, the second son in a family of five sons and three daughters of Thomas Bolton (1819–1895), solicitor, and his wife, Emily Wildman (1831–1906)...

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Clapham, Sir Alfred William (1883–1950), architectural historian and archaeologist, was born in Dalston, London, on 27 May 1883, the son of the Revd James Ernest Clapham, a Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Lucy Elizabeth Hutchinson. He was educated at Dulwich College and subsequently articled to the architect ...

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Cobb, Gerald (1900–1986), antiquary and architectural historian, was born on 8 June 1900 at Ivy Lodge, Hamilton Road, Reading, one of four sons of Joseph William Cobb, a banker's clerk, and his wife, Florence Kate Arnold.

Cobb studied art in Reading at the ...

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Edwards, (Arthur) Trystan (1884–1973), architectural critic and town planner, was born on 10 November 1884 at The Court, Merthyr Tudful. His father, William Edwards (1850–1940), was then HM inspector of schools for the Merthyr Tudful district and later chief inspector to the central Welsh school board; his mother was ...

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Fletcher, Sir Banister Flight (1866–1953), architect and architectural historian, was born in Bloomsbury, London, on 15 February 1866, the elder son of the architect Banister Fletcher (1833–1899) and his wife, Eliza Jane (May) Phillips. He was educated at the Norfolk county school, and at ...

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Harvey, John Hooper (1911–1997), architectural and garden historian, was born on 25 May 1911 in St John's Wood, London, the only child of William Harvey (1883–1962), architect, and his wife, Alice Mabel Wilcox (1874–1958). He attended St John's School, Leatherhead, from 1923 to 1927. In 1928 he joined the office of ...

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Hussey, Christopher Edward Clive (1899–1970), architectural historian, was born at 113 Park Street, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, on 1 October 1899, the only son and elder of the two children of Major William Clive Hussey of the Royal Engineers and his wife, Mary Ann...

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(George) James Henry Lees- Milne (1908–1997) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Milne, (George) James Henry Lees- (1908–1997), architectural historian and conservationist, was born at Wickhamford Manor, Worcestershire, on 6 August 1908, the second of three children and elder son of George Crompton Lees-Milne (1880–1949) and his wife, Helen Christina (1884–1962), daughter of Henry Bailey...

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Pevsner, Sir Nikolaus Bernhard Leon (1902–1983), architectural historian, was born in Leipzig on 30 January 1902 into a Russian-Jewish family, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Hugo Pewsner, later Pevsner (1869–1940), a successful fur trader, and his wife, Annie Perlmann (...

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Sir Nikolaus Bernhard Leon Pevsner (1902–1983) by Paul Joyce, 1975 © Paul Joyce / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stops, Gervase Frank Ashworth Jackson- (1947–1995), architectural historian, was born on 26 April 1947 at Barratt maternity home, Northampton, the second of four children of Anthony Ashworth Briggs (1914–1986) of Durngate, Northampton, solicitor and afterwards estate agent, and his wife, Jean (b...

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Gervase Frank Ashworth Jackson- Stops (1947–1995) by Christopher Simon Sykes [detail] © Christopher Simon Sykes, The Interior Archive (Owner: Gervase Jackson-Stops)

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Sir John Newenham Summerson (1904–1992) by Stephen Hyde, 1984 [in the library of Sir John Soane's Museum] © Stephen Hyde; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Summerson, Sir John Newenham (1904–1992), museum curator and architectural historian, was born at Barnstead, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, co. Durham, on 25 November 1904, the only surviving child of Samuel James Summerson (d. 1907) and Dorothea Worth Newenham (d. 1963), and the grandson of ...

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Taylor, Alec Clifton- (1907–1985), architectural historian and lecturer, was born on 2 August 1907 at Sutton, Surrey, the eldest of three children and the only son of Stanley Edgar Taylor (fl. 1870–1935), corn merchant, and his wife, Ethel Elizabeth Clifton Hills (...

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Taylor, Harold McCarter (1907–1995), physicist and architectural historian, was born on 13 May 1907 in Dunedin, New Zealand, the younger son of James Taylor (1873–1958), merchant, and his wife, Louisa Urquhart, née McCarter (1875–1932), daughter of George Alfred McCarter and his wife, Matilda Mary, ...

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Whistler, Sir (Alan Charles) Laurence (1912–2000), glass engraver, writer, and architectural historian, was born at Bryer, Court Road, Eltham, Kent, on 21 January 1912, the youngest child of Henry Whistler (1866–1940), builder and estate agent, and his wife, Helen Frances Mary (1870–1963), daughter of the ...