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Watson Fothergil – Architecture Documentary


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foreign [Music] history today we will be talking about fothergil’s architecture Nottingham is a city rich in history and culture it is also home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the country one man who left a lasting mark on the city skyline was Watson fothergil a prolific architect who worked here in the late 19th century and early 20th century [Music] Watson fothergil was born in 1841 in the small village of Burton near worksop he began his career as an apprentice to a local Builder and quickly developed a love for architecture by the time he moved to Nottingham in 1870 he had already established himself as a talented architect with a keen eye for detail and a passion for creating beautiful buildings like the one you see behind us behind me is one of Fothergil’s oldest buildings which was knocked down in the 1960s to make way for the little woods department store it used to be called the black boy Hotel the Nottingham bank is one of Watson forever girl’s most iconic buildings with its towering Spire intricate carvings and beautiful stained glass windows it’s a true Masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture it’s also a testament to the man’s business Acumen as it was one of the first buildings in the city to be fitted with elevators and electric lighting making it one of the most modern and technologically advanced buildings of its time behind me is one of all the girls most well-known buildings because it’s in Old Market design and its that,that set fothergil apart from other architects at the time was his unique combination of architecture including Victorian Gothic Queen Anne and arts and crafts architecture he was known for his intricate carvings elaborate Stone and brickwork and he Incorporated stained glass into his buildings [Music] Watson for the girls buildings can be found all over Nottingham from the grand Banks and Office Buildings in the city center to the more modern Terrace houses in the suburbs some of his most noble Works include the former Nottingham Bank the Royal Insurance building and the home insurance building all of which still stand today and are a testament to his skill and creativity

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