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Detmar Jellings Blow

(1867-1939) - Kitchener’s architect

In 1896 the fabric of Tintagel's Old Post Office was carefully repaired by leading Arts and Crafts architect Detmar Blow, according to the strict principles laid down by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Blow went on to become Kitchener's favourite architect, remodelling a house for him and accompanying him to France.

Credit: Tintagel Old Post Office (National Trust) and 'Country Life'

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Detmar Jellings Blow (24 November 1867 – 7 February 1939) was a British architect who designed principally in the Arts and Crafts style.

In 1896 Catherine Johns, owner of Tintagel’s Old Post Office, commissioned Blow to carefully repair the fabric of the property according to the strict principles laid down by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Between 1896 and 1900 work attributed to Blow includes the screening off of the staircase between the Parlour and North Bedroom; the re-built spiral stair turret, new stair treads and an extra window installed in the turret. Blow was also responsible for replacing the old sash windows with casement windows and the construction of a small buttress to the left of the back door.

His later work saw Blow linked to Herbert Kitchener, Secretary of State for War during the First World War (best known for his striking image on the ‘Your Country Needs You’ recruitment poster). Broome Park estate was bought in 1911 by Kitchener, who commissioned the remodelling of the house by Detmar Blow and Fernand Billerey; they also created a formal garden and carriage approach. Kitchener’s Memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, dated 1925, was also designed by Blow. 

Credit: Tintagel Old Post Office (National Trust) and Country Life