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Thomas Cubitt – Master Builder

Thomas Cubitt – Master Builder

Thomas Cubitt (1788–1855), born Buxton, Norfolk, was the leading master builder in London in the second quarter of the 19th century, and also carried out several projects in other parts of England. The son of a Norfolk carpenter, he journeyed to India as ship’s...

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George Basevi – Architect

George Basevi – Architect

George Basevi was an architect and surveyor active in the early- to mid-19th century. He was a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society. A pupil of Sir John Soane, his designs included...

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Cottage Orné Style of Architecture

Cottage Orné Style of Architecture

Cottage orné, translated as decorated cottage, dates back to a movement of 'rustic' stylised cottages of the late 18th and early 19th century To be considered an authentic cottage orné, the cottage must conform to a certain set of stylistic guidelines which...

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First Rate Properties

First Rate Properties

We are all familiar with the terms ‘first rate’ and ‘second rate’, but are you aware that their etymology actually rests in the historical rating of Georgian architecture?

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What is Pont Street Dutch style?

What is Pont Street Dutch style?

Have you seen it? The Pont Street Dutch style of architecture in London London architecture includes many fascinating and famous buildings, but it's also home to some lesser-known architectural gems. We are very fortunate at Atkey that through the...

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The unusual history of Lennox Gardens

The unusual history of Lennox Gardens

You don’t need to be a cricket fan to be fascinated by the unique history of Lennox Gardens in London’s Knightsbridge. Lennox Gardens is one of the most exclusive garden squares in Knightsbridge, with houses on the square valued at up to £40 million. Built...

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Refurbishment  of Heckfield Place, Hampshire

Refurbishment of Heckfield Place, Hampshire

We are delighted to have been involved in the refurbishment of Heckfield Place, originally a beautiful family home and now operating as an exclusive hotel in the heart of the countryside in Hampshire, England. Atkey and Company worked alongside architects Spratley...

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The Style and Characteristics of Georgian Architecture

The Style and Characteristics of Georgian Architecture

“Doors and windows are condemned by passing fools who know not that they condemn Palladio’s Rules” Jon Gay, Epistle to Paul Methuen, 1720 from Steven Parissien, “Interiors”2009 In this article we describe the main characteristics of Georgian architecture, a period...

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