It’s hard to imagine there was a time when Victorian architecture was despised and neglected. The Festival of Britain in 1951 sponsored the idea of a Brave New Britain, with modernist architecture and design. Meanwhile, Britain’s architectural heritage was under attack form the wrecking ball at a shocking rate. By 1955 one major Country House was being destroyed a week and collectively they have come to be known as ‘The Lost Houses’. Victorian industrial buildings were hit even more badly as the post-war reconstruction raced on.
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