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Wolverton is one of the detached managers’ houses on Boars Tye Road in Silver End. Designed by Thomas Tait and Frederick MacManus, an article on Silver End by Graham Thurgood described Wolverton, with its plain walls and decorated central canopy, as “transparently a tribute to Peter Behrens’ New Ways at Northampton (1926) . . . 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.”

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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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