Architectural Museum


FOURTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING, MONDAY, JUNE 6, 1853. … “To turn for a short time to the losses Architecture has sustained during the past year. The hope expressed in our last Annual Report, that Mr. Pugin’s health might be restored to him, have proved vain, and in common with all lovers of medieval art, we have to regret the loss of one who, more than any other man, has contributed to promote sound taste and criticism… It is our duty, further, to thank him (George Gilbert Scott), in conjunction with Mr. Bruce Allen and others, for their endeavours to form an Architectural Museum and a School of Art for workmen. This is perhaps one of the most important undertakings of late years…”

– Oxford Architectural & Historical Society

On the evening of Wednesday week…Mr. George Gilbert Scott, the treasurer and secretary, read a very interesting report, wherein he recorded the origin and progress of the Museum. … Allied to it, and in intimate connection with our Museum, says the Report, is Mr. Bruce Allen’s School for Art for Architectural Workmen.

– The Illustrated London News, 2 July 1853, p533

“…but it originated the architectural museum. I had a call, in consequence of my letter, from a strange person, Mr. Bruce Allen, who told me that he had long had a plan of the same kind in connexion with a school of art for art workman. After my return from Italy he pressed the matter, and invited to a meeting a number of architects, to whom he proposed his scheme, chiefly for the school of art. After several meetings, it was determined to establish an architectural museum, and to allow Mr. Allen to carry on his school of art as a private speculation of his own within the museum, to which he was to be curator.”

– Sir Gilbert Scott: ‘Personal and Professional Recollections’, 1879, pp165-166

“The condition of the poor is, without doubt, unfriendly to mental culture and progress. … [and] exerts a most baneful influence on domestic affections. A family crowded into a single and narrow apartment, which is at once living room, kitchen, bedroom, nursery, and often hospital, must, without great firmness and self-respect, be wanting in neatness, order and comfort. The want of an orderly and comfortable home is among the chief evils of the poor.”

–  C. Bruce Allen: ‘Rudimentary treatise on cottage building, or, Hints for improving the dwellings of the labouring classes’, 4th ed., with an appendix containing designs also for a higher class, Virtue Brothers & Co., 1862, p2


– Office of the Commissioners of Patents for Inventions, The London Gazette 11.12.1863

Imperial Hotel, Great Malvern

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Image: Post Card. Tilley’s Series. Malvern 9.45am My 11 09 | Dear just a line / to say that I will / come to Wor by / a which leaves / here 11.53 perhaps / you will come to / Foregate St. Station / to meet me / Aunt as not been so well these last / few days. She as a terrible bad / face. / will tell you all / news when I / see you all / with love / to all / from…

THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, MALVERN. The architect is Mr. E. W. Elmslie, a gentleman of high and deserved reputation in his profession. Mr. Thomas Perkins, builder, of Malvern, is the contractor… The whole of the carving in the several principal rooms has been done by Mr. Forsyth, of Worcester, with great taste. [Worcestershire Chronicle]

OUR ENGRAVING. THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, GREAT MALVERN. The magnificent edifice, a view of which forms the subject of the large engraving in our Almanack, is not only a picturesque addition to the charming scenery of Malvern, but a most important addition to the comfort of the traveller and visitor. [Hereford Times]

Great Malvern Railway Station


Image: GREAT MALVERN RAILWAY STATION is the most ornate small station in Britain and a listed building. Constructed of local stone, the oldest rock in England, it was built in 1863 by the Hereford and Worcester railway to impress the visitor to the Spa town which was famous for the Water Cure. Every platform pillar is decorated differently. Following an arson attack, British Rail has restored the buildings to their former colourful glory / Photographs by John Winsor © 1991 Winsor Fox Photos / Printed by Larkfield Printing Company limited, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.

The Grove: Notification of Designation Decision

Following your application to add the above building to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, we have now considered all the representations made and completed our assessment of the building. I am delighted to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add The Grove to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The building is now listed at Grade II. Continue reading