A Biddenham link

You may have read recent stories in the local and national press about auctions of the collection of Georgian items brought together at his home in Ampthill in Bedfordshire by Sir Albert Richardson, a leading English architect in the first half of the 20th century, who died in 1964.

Sir Albert lived for many years, until his death, at Avenue House in Ampthill which over the years he recreated as a Georgian residence, a period which fascinated him. He initially
refused to install electricity in the house and was famously carried through the streets in a sedan chair.

His grandson more recently had hoped the National Trust would take on Avenue House and its contents but the Trust eventually decided it did not meet all its criteria.

Why is this of interest to us? …

Because this is the one and the same Sir Albert Richardson who advised on the restoration of the Biddenham dovecote in 1932, the dovecote that once stood by the village pond until its demolition in 1966, a sad loss to the village.

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Sir Albert at home in costume

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