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164 Cressing Road, Braintree

Cressing Road hold the claim of being the site of the first Modernist buildings in Britain. During ESSEX Architecture Weekend, homeowners at 164 welcome visitors to the area to explore these buildings.

The Clockhouse Way estate in Braintree was designed by WF “Pink” Crittall – who also designed the Cressing Road semi-detached cottages. Following the Cressing Road houses, Clockhouse Way can be seen as ‘Britain’s first cautious steps towards Modernism’. The aim was to standardise building components under what was called the ‘Unit Principle’, which claimed to reduce the costs of the £500 cottages by 50%.


164 Cressing Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3PL
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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