Lynn Pearson with a figure from Another Place by Antony Gormley in 2007

Lynn Pearson is an independent architectural historian, writer and photographer specialising in industrial buildings, sporting architecture, postwar decorative arts and architectural ceramics. She has been based in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1984 and has published over twenty books including pioneering works on seaside architecture, the architectural history of British breweries, and the architecture of cooperative living. She studied at the universities of Warwick (when it was a few white-tiled buildings adrift in a huge muddy field), Birmingham and Newcastle, and has been a research fellow at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, and at the School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton. Her Tile Gazetteer: A Guide to British Tile and Architectural Ceramic Locations (Richard Dennis, 2005) written for the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, was runner-up and highly commended in the 2005 Nielsen BookData National Reference Book of the Year Awards. Her study of brewery architecture and heritage, Built to Brew (English Heritage, 2014), won the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s 2015 Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Industrial Archaeology. The photo shows Lynn and friend at Crosby beach in August 2007. The iron man is one of 100 figures of Antony Gormley’s Another Place, installed in June 2005.  

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  1. Hi Lynn.
    Great website. I love our industrial architecture and the way you record it is delightful. Keep up the good work!

  2. I came across your work by finding your book on the history of co-operative living. It has thoroughly enriched my understanding of the history and contemporary challenges of student housing cooperatives. I’m planning on running a non credit course on the history of student cooperative living next term, and we will be reading together several chapters from your book!

  3. It’s a great website, Lynn: exemplary sharing of a very keen eye. What other projects do you have up your sleeve? Thanks so much: Roger

  4. Dear Lynn
    I’m interested to find out if you have come across any Jesse Rust glass mosaic floors/wall treatments circa 1870 – 1900 in the Manchester area during your research? This is of particular interest to me as I am exploring the work of Rust & Co. and have found 5 examples so far in Manchester at varying scales.
    Best wishes,

  5. Lynn
    I would be grateful if you could contact me about writing an article on the Co-op movement for publication in Context, the IHBC journal

  6. Lynn. I was fascinated to learn from the Co-op News that you have just written a book on CWS buildings and architecture. I worked in the CWS Property Group from 1973 until 1993 where I eventually reached the position of Chief Management Surveyor responsible for all property and estate management matters in respect of the CWS operational properties throughout the UK.
    Part of the remit was to carry out an annual valuation of all the properties. This included taking copious photographs of the whole portfolio. These were stored within the individual files for each of the hundreds of operational properties from shops, banks, factories, warehouses, funeral parlours etc etc.
    I realise that you have now completed your book but it might be useful contacting the current Property Group to see if they still have access to those files/photos as they would be a ‘treasure trove’ for you.

  7. Dear Lynn

    I am an independent researcher and for the last year I have been researching a site where there is an extant example, albeit unfinished, of workmens cottages designed by Harold Clapham Lander in North Wales dated 1908. I have recently taken a series of photos of the structure inside and out. It is mentioned in a paper I have written which will be published next month, though at the time of writing it I had not photographed it myself.

    If you are interested please do get in touch.

      1. Lynn
        I don’t think I gave you enough information maybe? I have in my possession an article entitled “Aberdaron: A Co-operative City”, dated 1908 by J.K.P alia John Keith Prothero alias Ada Jones (who later married Cecil Chesterton, brother of G K Chesterton). It was written for “The Aberdaron Co-operative Housing Society”, which was building workers cottages for the nearby Co-operative Granite Quarries Ltd. Does it sound up your street now?
        Did you know also the Harold Clapham Lander wrote material for the “National Co-operative Quarries”?

      2. A belated reply.

        The houses were for the Co-Operative Granite Quaries Ltd. Does this make it up your street?

        I now have photos of the unfinished buildings, Clapham Lander’s design drawings and much information on the Co-operative Granite Quarries Ltd and the harbour they created in North Wales..

  8. Hi Lynn

    I am in a research about The Sovereign Brewery which was established in London @1820,on internet i couldn’t find much.
    Could you please point me in the right direction?

    I am doing this as i have found a little item which has this name on it Sovereign Brewery Co.

    I look forward hearing from you.

    Kind regards

      1. Hi Lynn

        Thank you very much,i have done already both things.

        On Brewery History website i can only see that this was sold in 1889.
        On Google Docs I have found something dating 1825 ,

        And i also emailed archives,

        I hope i will receive some answers on this.

        Thanks for your reply.

  9. Lynn, I’m staying in the Dungeness coast guard lookout this week and the house had a copy of your Lighthouses book. I wanted to drop you a note to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading through it and looking out the windows to the old and new lighthouses with a bit more understanding of their history. Thank you! Claire

  10. Hello, I would like to email you about a book I’m co-editing with Elain Harwood for the C20 Society. Could you possibly get in touch please?
    Many thanks, Susannah Charlton

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