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The owners of Wolverton kindly invited visitors to learn more about their incredible property, which includes many of the original features during ESSEX Architecture Weekend. As one of the three detached modernist properties in Silver End village, designed by Thomas Tait and Frederick Macmanus, it was built for the managers of the Crittall Factory. It is written, ‘at Wolverton, Art Deco Motifs from the 1925 Paris Exhibition are everywhere from the gateposts to the ornamental fins atop the V-windows; the diagonals of the iron work balcony reflect Behrens conservatory for the Austrian pavilion at Paris.’

Visits took place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September at 11am, 12pm 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm

Wolverton, Boars Tye Road, Witham CM8 3QE
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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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