Blow, Detmar Jellings

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Blow, Detmar Jellings (1867–1939). London-born Arts-and-Crafts architect who travelled to Italy with Ruskin in 1889, and then worked for Philip Webb on East Knoyle Church, Wilts. A member of the Art-Workers' Guild from 1892, he laid the stonework for two cottages by Gimson in Leics., and then acted as clerk of works for Lethaby at Brockhampton Church, Herefs. He designed a cottage for the Cheap Cottages Exhibition at Letchworth, Herts. (1905), and from 1906 (when he was in partnership with the Beaux-Arts architect Fernand Billerey (1878–1951)) worked on numerous town-and country-houses, notably on the Duke of Westminster's estates. He designed Wilsford Manor, Salisbury, Wilts. (1904–6—his best house in the Arts-and-Crafts style), and Happisburgh Manor, Cromer, Norfolk (1900—a flint-and-brick house on a butterfly plan with thatched roof), as well as carrying out sensitive repairs and alterations to numerous churches. He was one of the most gifted architects of his generation.


A. S. Gray (1985);
Me. Miller (2002)