Cross shafts to concrete

I took a trip over to Darlington to have a look at some old stones in St Cuthbert’s Church. The website states that the church is open from 11-2… it was wasn’t.

Plan B. Next door to the church is the Town Hall. Designed by Williamson, Faulkner Brown and Partners in collaboration with Borough Architect, A. E. Torbohm. The building opened in May 1970.

The sculpture in front of the building is the work of John Hoskin and is called Resurgence.

Walking the boundary of the building, in parts under the eye of the security guard, I found a pair truncated posts made of Shap Granite. I’m always chuffed when I find a lump of this beautiful stone. I then noticed that half of the market place is paved with the stuff.

After wandering around the town I returned to the church, it was still locked.

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Brutalist by tradition but not brutal to the landscape… the elements, though bold, [are] sensitively composed’. Nikolaus Pevsner


The beauty of Brutalism – Durham’s concrete masterpiece needs love, not the wrecking ball  – The Critic 2019 


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