Books From My Bookshelves 6. 6 December 2009

December 6th, 2009 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES

My Art teacher, when I was at school in Middlesbrough, used to occasionally direct our attention to architecture. This fascinated me and since then I have always had an interest in architecture. I left school in 1939 and went to Teacher Training College at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham 1940 – 42. Because of the war the course was curtailed to two years and we were only allowed to complete our second year provided that in that year we did military training as well. I chose to do the initial training for aircrew.

I have a book in which I have written Kingston-on-Thames June 1942. I must have bought it there just before I left College. What is it? THE STORY OF THE ENGLISH HOUSE by Hugh Braun.  There’s the influence of my Art Teacher coming through !  It was published by B.T.Batsford in April 1940 – a First Edition. I bought it new at a cost of 10s 6d (ten shillings and six pence – about 50p for those who don’t recognise ‘old money’)  It led me to more architecture books (more of those in later editions of ‘From My Bookshelves) but it also led me to more books published by Batsford – 44 now stand in colourful array on my bookshelves


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