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Ashbee, Charles Robert (1863-1942)

Charles Robert  AshbeeAn English architect, designer, Romantic socialist, teacher and writer, Charles Robert Ashbee was a major figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.

He taught in the East End of London and founded the Guild and School of Handicrafts (1888-1902), which was re-formed in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire as a community (1902-08).

Charles Robert  AshbeeAshbee believed in the integrity of the craftsman and all pieces were handmade to a high standard. He was the principal designer and excelled in silver and jewellery, which influenced designs by Liberty & Co. and the Art Nouveau style.

 After the closure of the Guild, Ashbee focused more on architecture, published books, and also travelled, undertaking restoration projects in Jerusalem.

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