Temporary ACC 2020/11 - Berry, Crane and Noble (formerly Buckingham and Berry) of Norwich, architects (additional)

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ACC 2020/11

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Berry, Crane and Noble (formerly Buckingham and Berry) of Norwich, architects (additional)

Date(s)

  • 1919-late 20th century (Creation)

Level of description

Temporary

Extent and medium

12 rolls, 4 large folders, 4 framed pictures, 1 box of photographs

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Name of creator

(1920-1956)

Administrative history

Buckingham and Berry, Prince of Wales Road Norwich, established 1920, later had premises in Thorpe Road. Founded by Claude Somerset Buckingham (d. 1943) and Arthur Gilbert Berry FRIBA (d. 1960). In 1944, Edward Ray Crane ARIBA entered into partnership with Arthur Berry. Crane had been with the company since at least May 1939, but served on minesweepers 1939-1944 as a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (for which he was awarded the DSC). In 1950, John Ballie Noble ARIBA entered into partnership with Berry and Crane. The new partnership continued to trade under the Buckingham and Berry name until 1956 when it changed to Berry, Crane & Noble. Thomas Anthony Cross was apprenticed to Arthur Berry in March 1945. Cross became an associate partner in 1961 and achieved full partnership in 1967.

Buckingham & Berry and Berry, Crane and Noble carried out a wide variety of commissions throughout Norfolk but particularly in Norwich and South Norfolk. Arthur Berry was influenced by his contemporaries working in the Arts and Crafts style. This is evident in many of the public houses he designed for the Bullards Brewery estate during 1920s and 30s. Good examples include The Constitution, Sprowston, The Mitre, Earlham Rd and the White Hart at Costessey. R.G. Carter were the builders associated with many of these assignments. Buckingham and Berry also worked for the burgeoning shoe industry in Norwich. Commissions included factories for Meadows, Bally and Arthur Howlett. They also designed a large factory for Bally at Lowestoft in Suffolk. Other clients based in Norwich included Ben Burgess (showroom at King St) and builders and ironmongers Lacy & Lincoln. Elsewhere they designed the original building for Roys of Wroxham and had a long working relationship with Bowes of Watton. Bowes commissioned both industrial and residential buildings for their meat processing company and family estate at Bodney Hall and nearby Hilborough. The company also designed a number of civic building including Agricultural House (23 Ber Street) for the Farmers Union (1952), The Norwich Lads Club (King St) St Alban's Church Hall (Grove Walk), Bracon Ash and Barnham Broom village halls, Abbey Hall Wymondham, Brewster Court, Blofield (Berry's final project) and old people's flats at Old Palace Road, Norwich. In 1969 Berry Crane & Noble were recognised for an innovative three-pronged footbridge at the Riverside Shopping Precinct in Thetford winning a Structural Design Steel Award.

The company designed numerous residential developments and individual homes. The unusual roof profile at Riverview, Bramerton was arguable one of the company's most iconic designs. John Ballie Noble designed his own residence, Dell Cottage, Intwood Rd Cringleford as did Thomas Cross at Arrochar, Melton Road, Wymondham.

Archival history

The records came from the house of Thomas Cross (d. 2019) of Wymondham, architect, who was a partner in the firm Berry, Crane and Noble. The original partners of the firm were Claude Somerset Buckingham and Arthur Gilbert Berry FRIBA. Claude Buckingham died in 1943 and Edward Ray Crane ARIBA entered into partnership with Arthur Berry on the 31st July 1944. Thomas Anthony Cross became the pupil of Arthur Berry in March 1945. In 1950 John Ballie Noble ARIBA entered into partnership with Arthur Berry and Ted Crane. The new partnership continued to trade under the Buckingham and Berry name until 1956 when it changed to Berry Crane & Noble. Thomas Cross ARIBA became an associate partner in 1961 following the death of Arthur Berry in 1960 and achieved full partnership in 1967. Ted Crane retired in 1975 and John Ballie Noble in 1977. The partnership was dissolved in the late 1970s, and Thomas Cross continued the practice as Berry, Crane & Noble until his semi retirement in December 1993. From this date, he continued to practice as TA Cross Chartered Architect from his home in Wymondham.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 13 October 2020 (ACC 2020/11). Added to catalogue 13 October 2020 (JW).

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Architectural plans and photographs, mainly mid-late 20th century.

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Accruals

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Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright in plans produced from December 1993 onwards belongs to TA Cross (d. 2019) and his legatees. Copyright in earlier plans is undetermined.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Fairly good.

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Related units of description

See also ACC Cross 07/12/1993 and MC 3407, 1096X2.

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Status

Uncatalogued

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 28 October 2020 (JW).

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