The Georgian Group

A look at the Georgian Group, who campaign for the protection of ancient buildings.

The present sense of unease and dismay generated by what appears to be the wholesale and unbridled destruction of buildings of architectural and historic interest is, regrettably, nothing new. In 1937 three men, Lord Derwent, Robert Byron and Douglas Goldring, were so horrified by the rising tide of destruction of London's eighteenth-century buildings that they founded a pressure group to try and stem the tide of demolition.

This year the Georgian Group celebrates its fiftieth birthday. Fifty years of campaigning and education have brought their rewards – but the Group is well aware that this is no time for resting on its laurels, there are still plenty of threatened buildings in the country, and just as many that are allowed (or, in many cases, encouraged) to disintegrate.

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