BOOK REVIEW: Longford Castle

Longford Castle: The Treasures & The Collectors

Amelia Smith

 ISBN: 9781910787687

Publisher: Unicorn


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I first learnt about Longford Castle and some of its treasures in an article in the 1968 Country Life Annual and have wanted to know more about it ever since. Well now both you and I can find out more in this fascinating book which is both well-written and well-illustrated.


Dating from Elizabethan times the house was acquired by the Bouverie family in 1717 and the story of how they built up the outstanding art collection which consists of Old Masters and family portraits – think Holbein, Claude, Reynolds and Gainsborough – is skilfully interwoven with the tale of the furnishings and decorations of the castle’s rooms which form the backdrop to the paintings.  It really is a celebration and a history of this great collection and house and is such a delight. It is a book I will return to time and time again!

Labour to scrap Westminster Council’s tall building plans if elected in May


Westminster Labour Group are committing to scrapping the Conservative Council’s proposed approach to tall buildings if Labour are elected to run Westminster at the May 3rd Council Elections.

In March 2017 Westminster Council launched a consultation on its plans entitled Building height: Getting the right kind of growth for Westminster where it extolled the potential benefits of increasing the number of tall buildings across Westminster. After initial resident anger the Council has delayed coming forward with its final plans as part of the delayed Westminster City Plan process- the results of which risk not being announced before the election.

Westminster Labour is open to exploring increased density or the addition of one or two floors to existing buildings in appropriate locations if such development delivers clear benefits for local residents. However it is strongly opposed to the elements of the Council’s current approach that could see the spread of…

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Interesting reading!

Labour believes that under Conservative control Westminster Council has put the needs of property developers first for far too long. For decades they have let developers get away with building far fewer ‘affordable’ homes than required under Westminster’s planning policy, they have pushed through controversial schemes and promoted an approach to architecture based on the […]

via Westminster Labour pledge to clean up the planning system by ending hospitality from developers — labourwestminster

William Campbell revisited


William Campbell at work in his new space at Alfies

It is more than a couple of years now (September 2015) since I wrote about William and the fine work he does in his framing studio at Alfies Antiques Market.  I am writing about him once again to tell you about his move from the ground floor to a more spacious area on the first floor as these images show. It is clearly visible from the street too. I have to personally add that I am very pleased with the frames he has recently made for me so check him out for yourselves.


Door display at William Campbell Frames

William Campbell Fine Frames and Framing

First Floor

Alfies Antiques Market

13-25 Church Street,

London NW8 8DT


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Eddie the poodle at William Campbell Frames

Thought I should share yet more news on housing in Westminster

Labour Councillors have called for an inquiry in to how the freehold of the entire Abercorn Place estate in St John’s Wood has been transferred from Westminster City Council to a private company, Kunta Kinte Ltd which has two shareholders, both of which are registered at 7 Bradman House on the estate. The Abercorn Place […]

via Labour call for inquiry into sale of the freehold of St John’s Wood housing estate   — labourwestminster

Definitely room for improvement at CityWest Homes as Westminster Councillors clearly highlight!

Churchill Ward Labour Councillors Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams have written to Jonathan Cowie, Chief Executive of CityWest Homes (CWH) to call for an urgent review of CWH’s call centre. Councillor Williams said: “We are getting continual reports of residents who can’t get through to the call centre – and not getting an adequate response […]

via Churchill Labour Councillors call for urgent review of CityWest Homes call centre — labourwestminster