Friday, 24 November 2017


While researching for the soon to be published, Blood on the Shrine, I wanted to find out more about the iconic red telephone box. Essentially I knew that it had been designed by Sir Giles Glibert Scott but didn't realise how prolific an architect he had been. Blending gothic tradition with modern he produced a huge, varied canon of work - Livepool Cathedral, Cambridge University Library, Waterloo Bridge and Battersea Power station and Bankside power station, now Tate Modern amongst his works.

Today we went to Gravesend with my wife's American cousin so he could meet his English relatives. We visited The Church of Our Lady of Assumption in Northfleet where the family have a pew. I was interested to discover that it is yet another design from Scott's drawing board. It's pretty massive, in brutal regular brickwork but there are some lovely details inside. I will take more notice of his work in future, not just the telephone box.

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