West Riding County Architect’s department

As well as containing plans and photographs of schools, court houses and other council and public buildings, the records of the West Riding County Architect’s department contains a number of photographs of the new architect’s department buildings at Bishopsgarth, Wakefield.

Many of the photos have captions pasted on the back. Here are a couple of photos and their captions which I particularly like:

25 Aug 1950, Photographer: Pete Lowe, Wakefield (WRD4/21)

The MIRACLE WORKERS: full steam ahead for the 1951 Festival of Britain, the wonder team gets on with the job of the second instalment for the new County Architect’s Dept at Wakefield. Picture shows Mr Hubert Bennett, WR County Architect wearing the white jumper (responsible for the revolutionary design) having an on-the-spot consultation, with (left to right) bricklayer George Kemp, labourer Clarry Barraclough, brick-layer foreman Geoffrey Garbett, and his son Geoffrey Arthur Garbett.

The MIRACLE WORKERS: full steam ahead for the 1951 Festival of Britain, the wonder team gets on with the job of the second instalment for the new County Architect’s Dept at Wakefield. Picture shows Mr Hubert Bennett, WR County Architect wearing the white jumper (responsible for the revolutionary design) having an on-the-spot consultation, with (left to right) bricklayer George Kemp, labourer Clarry Barraclough, brick-layer foreman Geoffrey Garbett, and his son Geoffrey Arthur Garbett.

FILES BY THE THOUSAND: The new County Architect’s headquarters at Wakefield has not recovered from “The Great Flit”. In the library, detailed plans for the county’s 1500 schools have had to be stacked until other arrangements can be made.

FILES BY THE THOUSAND: The new County Architect’s headquarters at Wakefield has not recovered from “The Great Flit”. In the library, detailed plans for the county’s 1500 schools have had to be stacked until other arrangements can be made.

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