George Skipper: The Architect's Life and Works By Richard Barnes (Paperback)

George Skipper: The Architect's Life and Works By Richard Barnes (Paperback)


George Skipper: The Architect's Life and Works By Richard Barnes (Paperback)

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George Skipper: The Architect's Life and Works By Richard Barnes (Paperback)

George Skipper (1856-1948) was born in Dereham in Norfolk, the son of a builder and developer who owned a brickyard. The boy excelled at drawing and attended Norwich Art School, studying art and an artisan's course on Architecture. He was then apprenticed to a London architect who worked under Alfred Waterhouse and other influential figures. Returning to Norfolk, Skipper assisted his father before starting his own practice in Norwich.

As well as designing Surrey House, the mansion-office of Norwich Union Insurance and many other buildings in the city, it was Skipper who put the corner curve on Jarrold's Department Store, complementing the varied architecture of Norwich's famous Market Place. Two commissions outside the city were the yacht club (RN&SYC) in Lowestoft in an Arts and Crafts style, and the alteration of a grand country house and the addition of its outworks - the lodges, stables, bell-tower, pavilion and bridge - at Sennowe Park, near Fakenham.

George Skipper - The Architect's Life and Works provides all that is known of the man, with information from his family, and descriptions of his works in Somerset, Kent, Cambridge, London and Norfolk. Sources include the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Norfolk Record Office. The book is well illustrated in colour, to include new photographs, archive images, family photos, elevation drawings, and pages from the pocket-sketchbooks.

Richard Barnes
Frontier Publishing Ltd
Frontier Publishing Ltd
Release Date:
01 May 2021
Number of Pages:
Paperback / softback

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