NIGEL TEMPLE – AUTHOR: story
Temple’s writing reflects his interests and passions, all of which fed into his artwork and on all he became a leading authority: Victorian books and their illustration, the buildings and people of Cheltenham and Farnham towns, and the great British architects of 1752 – 1835 George Stanley Repton, Humphry Repton and John Nash.
Author of many books, visitor guidebooks and over 65 articles for international specialist journals and popular magazines, Temple also produced a fascinating film on the visual study and design of more than 350 everyday man-made objects that surround us all.
His published writing made a significant and valuable contribution to the study of British architecture, in particular the work of architects John Nash and Humphry Repton, and the buildings of Cheltenham and Farnham.
Pioneering books on Farnham were written in the 1960‘s, a time when huge sections of old Farnham were being swept away by speculative development. His vision, progressive for the time, was not against development, but to encourage sympathetic development. His belief was if we better understand our buildings and townscapes, we will give them greater value – and so appreciate them more. The architectural styles of future developments could then be more sympathetic to a towns history.
Farnham Buildings and People is a 260 page culmination of several years intensive research to give a comprehensive and detailed survey of the interesting older buildings. Temple examines not just the architectural features but the building-people relationships of each building. This record includes the study of past generations of up to 300 families.
“The value of a book such as this to the people of Farnham is beyond assessment”
The Herald Press 1963
“Temple’s books are of course the bible for those interested in the town’s buildings and its people. The scholarly work he did is of immeasurable importance, and the drawings are beautiful”
Farnham Trust 2017
Nigel Temple’s anthology of early children’s books gives a unique and absorbing insight into Victorian life. Seen and Not Heard reveals that perhaps it is in their writings for children that Victorian’s tell us most about themselves. Beautifully designed and profusely illustrated with original Victorian illustrations the book gives a vivid picture of domestic life and leisure pastimes of Victorian families: life at home and school, day trips to the zoo and circus, traditional customs and their enjoyment of new marvels such as the railway train.