Norman Jewson

Norman Jewson

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Norman Jewson (12 February 1884 – 28 August 1975) was an English architect-craftsman of the Arts and Crafts movement, who practiced in the Cotswolds. He was a distinguished, younger member of the group which had settled in Sapperton, Gloucestershire, a feudal village in rural southwest England, under the influence of Ernest Gimson. Surviving into old age, he brought their ideas and working methods into the late twentieth century. His book of reminiscences has become established as a minor classic of the English Arts and Crafts movement. His repair of the Tudor Owlpen Manor in 1925–26 is often regarded as his most representative and successful work.

Early career

Jewson was born in 1884 of a family of the long-established Jewson timber merchants in Norwich, Norfolk, and spent all his early life in East Anglia. He went up to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

He served his articles in the architectural practice of Herbert Ibberson in London, which he ‘disliked as a place to live in permanently the longer stayed there’. Ibberson had worked in the same office as Gimson, Ernest Barnsley and Alfred Hoare Powell under J.D. Sedding, in the ‘crafted Gothic’ tradition, with a love of handicraft. Like William Morris, Philip Webb and Norman Shaw, Sedding had been a pupil of George Edmund Street.

Jewson describes, in his autobiographical reminiscences, By Chance I did Rove (1951), how, having finished his apprenticeship in 1907, he set out with a donkey and trap on a...
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