Wordwell is delighted to announce that the Colvin Prize, awarded annually to the author (or authors) of an outstanding work of reference on an architectural subject by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, has been awarded to JAK Dean for The Gate Lodges of Connaught, published by Wordwell Books.
The Colvin Prize is named in honour of Sir Howard Colvin (1919-2007), a former president of the SAHGB. The prize is awarded annually to the author (or authors) of an outstanding work of reference on an architectural subject.
“Thirty years in compiling and bringing to print, this is a fitting tribute to, and validation of, his tireless and thorough research and outstanding witty, pithy and occasionally acerbic descriptive skills. Wordwell is proud to be the publishers of three of the volumes in this series.”
Nick Maxwell, Chairman, Wordwell Books
About the book:
Kindled by a university project in 1964 which required the submission of a thesis on ‘The Gate Lodge and Estate Entrance Gates of Northern Ireland’ an interest was aroused that resulted in the publication in 1994 of The Gate Lodges of Ulster which assembled those in the nine counties of that province in the form of a gazetteer.
In 2016 The gate lodges of Leinster was published to much acclaim, followed in 2018 by the third volume on Munster. This final volume, The Gate Lodges of Connaught completes the set. This province-by-province study represents some fifty years of research, recording sad losses, but also celebrating the survivors.
These books seek to increase awareness of the importance of the gate lodge as part of our architectural heritage by emphasising its uniqueness which in print to date mysteriously has received minimal notice in contrast with the exposure given its big house, and to balance that disparity.