David Fletcher Valuer

Friends of the Higgins Bedford
Zoom Lecture
Tuesday, 5 October at 7:00pm
John Betjeman, John Piper and the Shell Guides – Professor Frances Spalding…

David has been a member of the Friends of the Higgins for many years. He is delighted to have been offered the opportunity to sponsor this talk and tells us that John Betjeman has long been one of his heroes. It is particularly fitting that David also admires the work of John Piper, not least for his atmospheric depictions of two of his favourite local buildings, Willington Dovecote and William Butterfield’s masterly Milton Ernest Hall!

From the 1930s, the Shell Oil Company encouraged a nation of newly-leisured car owners to become tourists in their own land by publishing a series of county-by-county touring guides. Full of opinion, pithy architectural comment and marvellous illustrations, the books were the must-have volume for your glove compartment. And it’s hardly surprising they were so good, given that the early volumes at least represent a collaboration between the poet Sir John Betjeman and the artist John Piper. Their shared love of ‘unfashionable architecture’ and unspoiled landscape made them ideal guides to the countryside and culture of Britain. Frances Spalding, who is an art historian, critic and biographer, will be well known to Friends from her previous excellent talks .



Antique of the Month…

This month David discusses a pair of Carl Zeiss binoculars on BBC TV’s popular antiques programme Flog It 


David Fletcher Interview

Rachel Canny interviews David Fletcher …

Video 1 has Rachel introducing David…

Video 2 has David explaining the nature of his work.