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TitleGeneral Connell Ward and Lucas practice
Admin/Biog HistoryOn 22 May 1934, the Connell, Ward and Lucas architectural practice was officially formed when Colin Lucas, a Cambridge graduate, joined two architects from New Zealand, Amyas Connell (1901-1980) and Basil Ward (1902-1976) who were already in partnership as Connell and Ward. The new practice lasted until 1939, ceasing trading at the outbreak of the Second World War (1939-1945) and in just five years they designed over twenty private houses and were involved in many other projects.

Their housing projects included (amongst others): The Firs and The Firkin in Surrey; Shepperton studios in Surrey; 95 Salisbury Road in Surrey; Dragons in West Sussex; 66 Frognal in Hampstead, Bracken (also known as Greenside) in Surrey; Potcroft in West Sussex, and 26 Bessborough Road in Roehampton. In this time Lucas also completed the building of the Flat Roof House at Little Frieth, which he had begun in 1933. They also worked on designs for social and speculative housing projects at Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, Kent House in Camden and Lord's Court in St. John's Wood, as well as competition entries for Hertford Central Offices, Newport Civic Buildings in South Wales, and St. George's Hospital in London. Designs have also been found for other projects including the Edith Edwards Preventorium in Papworth, an Individual Health Centre, a scheme for a community of unemployed in Monmouthshire and a St. John Ambulance meeting hall.
DescriptionResearch material relating to the Connell, Ward and Lucas practice, including:

-copy of a letter from Connell to Stanley Quick, British School at Rome, dated 31 January 1935, enclosing a list of executed and future projects by Connell, Ward and Lucas
-a letter from Jane Bywaters, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Open University to Connell, dated 9 July 1975, concerning the use of photographs for the 'English Houses of the Thirties' programme
-a corporate Christmas card [dated c1934] from the Connell, Ward and Lucas practice showing the Concrete House at Bristol
-an invitation for a dinner at the Architectural Association in 1956 with Ward as a guest speaker
-a film script entitled 'English Houses of the Thirties' for a short film on High and Over
-material relating to a Connell, Ward and Lucas forum at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1976 including an agenda, guest list and welcoming speech (thought to be written by Sharp)
-transcription of an interview of Ward by Sharp in 1973 for an Open University course on 'The History of Architecture & Design: 1890-1939'
-a draft article by Michael James Findlay, a professional practice fellow in the Department of Applied Sciences, University of Otago, Dunedin, entitled 'So high you can't get over it: Neo-classicism, modernism and colonial practice in the forming of a twentieth century architectural landmark'
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Image CaptionCorporate Christmas card from the Connell Ward & Lucas practice showing the Concrete House at Bristol, [dated c1934]
Invitation for a dinner at the Architectural Association with Ward as a guest speaker, dated 1956
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