Sir John Betjeman, 1906 - 1984, poet, lived here, 1908 - 1917. With illustrations. You could not be signed in, please check and try again. (1903—1992) artist and designer, See all related overviews in Oxford Reference This stone frieze (13 metres long, 2 metres high) was originally unveiled on ... Cruikshank lived here for 25 years. [Essays on towns and architecture. His television appearances increased from the 1950s, and his output was prolific. Literature, View all reference entries By 'Epsilon.' From:  He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. In 1969 he was knighted and, in 1972, he succeeded Cecil Day-Lewis as Britain's Poet Laureate. (1907—1973) poet and writer, John Piper [1] He turned down a position in the family furniture business,[2] and instead took a series of jobs before becoming the assistant editor of The Architectural Review in 1931, which reflected a deeply held affection for buildings and their history. Here he failed to distinguish himself academically but found his métier as a poet and made many friends. Who's Who in the Twentieth Century », Subjects: This campaign in the 1960s is often given as the beginning of the conservation movement. Betjeman was broadcast in numerous radio performances, although no full record exists. [i.e. Conservation campaigner. 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, Lissenden Gardens (where oddly, 2014, there is no plaque, despite the Tenants Association having erected at least 6 others), © 2020 London Remembers, All Rights Reserved. He also did a great deal to raise public awareness of the merits of Victorian and Edwardian architecture during a period in which this was unfashionable. Among many other honours he was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry (1960). Sir John Betjeman. Vol.1, 1926 to 1951 / edited and introduced by Candida Lycett Green", "Letters / John Betjeman ; edited and introduced by Candida Lycett Green. », View all related items in Oxford Reference », Search for: 'John Betjeman' in Oxford Reference ». Most were on British radio, although he also made recordings for American radio. Died at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall and is buried in the nearby church of St. Enodoc. Born Wanstead. Selected for the young in heart by W. Hindley with the assistance of John Betjeman", "Selected poems [of] John Masefield / with a preface by John Betjeman", "John Betjeman: A Poet in London (Item) (1959)", "Journey into a Lost World (Item) (1960)", "That Well Known Store in Knightsbridge (1971)", "The Queen's Realm A Prospect of England (1977)", "The Innes Book of Records [17/01/79] (1979)", "The Innes Book of Records [21/02/79] (1979)", "Private Life of the Ford Cortina (1982)",, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the ODNB, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Undated, but c. 1958–59; booklet, limited to 20 copies, Betjeman reads a selection of his own poetry, Betjeman broadcast in seven episodes of the programme, Betjeman broadcast in 30 episodes of the programme, BBC Midland and West of England Home Service, Betjeman broadcast in four episodes of the programme, Betjeman introduced the programme, which consisted of his poetry set to music, Co-authored with L. V. Grinsell, H. B. This was the nearest the Queen has ever come to expressing a politically contentious opinion. PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE ( ]", "The English Town in the Last Hundred Years", "Collins guide to English parish churches including the Isle of Man", "Clifton College Buildings. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death. Conservation campaigner. Travelled to Amer... Born in London. His poetry continues to be popular among readers who might otherwise read very little twentieth-century poetry but who like his use of traditional verse forms, his gentle satire, his self-deprecation, and his affectionate description of the English scene. Poet Laureate 1972 - 1984. He was knighted in 1969 and appointed poet laureate in 1972. Brought up in Highgate. Edited by J. Betjeman", "Altar and Pew.

Shell guide. Notable works: Regent Street, Royal Opera Arcade and the Roya... Anarchist writer. W. H. Auden (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2013. Poet Laureate 1972 - 1984. Wells and H. S. Tallamy, Published under the name "Richard M Farren". [With reproductions and a portrait. He also helped save the Queen's Tower at Imperial College and Holy Trinity near Sloane Square. 23,831 brave WW2 seamen remembered on the monument at Tower Hill. [1] In 1937—shortly after the BBC began regular screen broadcasts—he appeared in his first television programme, How to Make a Guidebook,[6] and went on to appear in a wide range of programmes until his death. In 1960 his verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells, was an immediate success. Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, "Mount Zion: or, in touch with the infinite/ by John Betjeman", "Continual Dew. Born 62 Fore Street. Now available: TheLondon RemembersiPhone app.

[3][4][a], In 1932 Betjeman began a career in broadcasting, with a radio programme about the proposed destruction of Waterloo Bridge; he continued with regular radio work for the rest of his life, appearing in a wide range of genres, from panel and game shows, interviews, news interviews, documentaries and poetry readings. Sir John Betjeman. Verses topographical and amatory", "Betjeman in miniature : selected poems of Sir John Betjeman", "The best of Betjeman / selected by John Guest", "Ode on the Marriage of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer", "Ghastly Good Taste; or, a Depressing story of the rise and fall of English architecture", "Devon. 2016: A bust of Betjeman (an exact replica of the St Pancras statue) was unveiled at Wantage where he lived 1951 - 72. in  That same year he published his first book, Mount Zion, a collection of poems. [5] He published his first non-verse book in 1933, Ghastly Good Taste, which was subtitled "a Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture"; it reflected his concern of the destruction of Victorian and Edwardian architecture to make way for "grimmer contemporary developments, shopping arcades, and bogus Tudor bars". Comprising a description of the present state of the town and University of Oxford", "English Cities and Small Towns ... With 8 plates in colour and 31 illustrations, etc", "John Piper. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice). », (1906—1984) poet, writer, and broadcaster. Credited with saving the Midland Grand Hotel (now St Pancras Chambers) and the station at St Pancras from demolition and helping to achieve their Grade I listed status. Betjeman, Sir John 

[9] The poet Philip Larkin wrote that Betjeman "was not only the best loved poet, but one of the best loved men of our time",[10] while his biographer, the academic John Clarke, described him as a "unique figure in twentieth-century English poetry, enjoying a degree of fame and success unequalled by any poet since Byron".[11]. On the rare occasions that I mention Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984) to my students, they don’t know whom I’m talking about, and I can’t help wondering that if I took a sampling of British university students, I would find similar ignorance. (1906–1984)British poet and author. John Betjeman]", "Old Lights for New Chancels. As the gateway to Metroland, Betjeman was fond of this station. His earliest publications, the poems Mount Zion (1932) and the architectural essays Ghastly Good Taste (1933), reveal his preoccupations with suburban dreariness, ecclesiastical architecture, High-Church Anglicanism, death, and English topography. [7][8] In the later years of his life, Betjeman suffered from Parkinson's disease, and he died in May 1984.

Betjeman undertook the role of editor for several magazines and journals, including the undergraduate magazines of Oxford Outlook and Cherwell; the following consists of the books he edited.

A little book of bourgeois verse", "Sir John Piers. His obituarist in The Times thought him "a true original", and considered that he was "whimsical, imprudent, shrewd, humorous, disarming, always something of an enfant terrible. These reprints include in 1958, 1959 (when it was enlarged), 1962 (when it was enlarged again), 1970, 1971 and 1980. This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated: Sir John Betjeman, CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who’s Who as a “poet and hack”. ]", "Five sermons by laymen / C. S. Lewis, John Betjeman", "Murray's Buckinghamshire Architectural Guide", "First and Last Loves. English Heritage, This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page: Founder of the garden city movement. Credited with saving the Midland Grand Hotel (now St Pancras Chambers) and the station at St Pancras from demolition and helping to achieve their Grade I listed status.

]", "Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: in 2 vols", "Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches", "Victorian and Edwardian London from old photographs; introduction and commentaries by John Betjeman", "Victorian and Edwardian Brighton from old photographs", "A Pictorial History of English Architecture", "Victorian and Edwardian Oxford From Old Photographs", "A Plea for Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street", "Victorian and Edwardian Cornwall From Old Photographs", "Letters / John Betjeman.

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