Posted by Peter Lester at 14/11/2012 14:49:40
This photograph shows one of the many pubs designed by well known Nottingham architect, Thomas Cecil Howitt.
The portfolio of work Howitt and his firm undertook is extensive, from the Council House in Nottingham to local authority housing in the city; from public houses across the East Midlands to university buildings; and from Odeon Cinemas to churches.
The Rose Inn on Moor Road, Strelley, was one of over 30 pubs he designed for The Home Brewery Company. He also designed the brewery’s head office in Daybrook, Nottingham. Many of the pubs Howitt designed are of a similar style with their high pitched roofs, Dutch gables and shingle detail. They were designed to be welcoming and friendly places and, as one writer put it, 'a home from home'. Howitt also designed pubs for the Shipstone's Brewery Company including the Inham Nook at Beeston, the Elwes Arms, Carlton and the recently demolished 'Man of Trent' at Clifton.
The Howitt archive, which comprises contract and specification documents, portfolios of photographs and account books, was purchased in April 2010 with assistance from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the National Libraries. It has been catalogued and the catalogue is available in the Nottinghamshire Archives search room and via our online catalogue.
The Howitt archive featured in our series of lunchtime talks on architecture. Visit our events page to find out about other activities taking place at Nottinghamshire Archives.