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Talk, Tue 2 Oct 2018

Contact

The Arts Society Richmond

020 8892 9696

Address

Duke Street,
Richmond,
TW9 1DH

Details

Speaker: Rupert Willoughby

One of the most derided towns in England, renowned for its dullness, Basingstoke is distinguished only by its numerous roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture.

Rupert explains that the post-war planners, who inflicted such features as 'the Great Wall of Basingstoke' on the town, were politically-motivated and bent on destroying all traces of its past.

He reveals the nobler Basingstoke that is buried beneath the concrete and the few historic gems that have survived the holocaust. Hilariously told, it is a story that neatly illustrates the ugliest episode in England's architectural history. As Betjeman wrote prophetically, "What goes for Basingstoke goes for most English towns".

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 2 Oct 2018 19:00

Prices

Members: Free
Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
Students: Free, upon production of your student card

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 179750  Lat: 51.46171 Long: -0.30407

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Richmond station

Facilities

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