Charles Brooking Architectural Historian
Charles Brooking is an architectural historian and consultant specialising in period building details. His unique knowledge and experience have involved him in a number of projects for Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust, government offices and private clients. These include a wide range of building types from large stately homes to modest terraced houses covering the period from c.1650–1970.
As part of his consultancy, Charles offers a written evaluation of the architectural detailing within a property, which can provide invaluable information and support to listed Building planning submissions. As the founder of the Brooking Museum of Architectural detail in 1966, he has been closely involved with historic buildings for over 50 years.
In addition to his consultancy services and architectural reports, he also offers a number of general and specialist CPD courses. These cover all aspects of architectural detail and are held at his teaching gallery in Cranleigh, surrey, surrounded by a fascinating collection of salvaged examples, on loan from the Brooking Museum.
History of the English Window
Covers blacksmith made flat-framed windows, casement, sash, various metal types through to a 1960s uPVC prototype.
History of Door and Window Ironmongery
Looks at latches, locks, hinges, knockers, letterplates, door-knobs, escutcheons, fingerplates, grip-handles etc.
History of the Coal-burning Fire-grate
Highlighting methods of dating cast iron grates, many 18th century designs having been copied in later years.
Period Joinery Mouldings
Covering a wide range of architraves, skirting, dado and picture-rail profiles.
History of the English Door
From 16th century ledged and boarded doors to flush doors of the 1970s. This course also embraces fanlights.
History of Domestic Timber Staircases
Includes hand-rail profiles and baluster designs.
Domestic Stained Glass
From Regency painted glass, through Victorian, Edwardian to Art Deco and etched and moulded glass.
Rainwater Goods – principally Rainwater Heads
Looks at lead, cast iron, copper, zinc, alloy, and early uPVC types.
Our in-depth courses cost £85 each per person for two hours with unlimited time to make drawings, measure and photograph, etc. The shorter overview one-hour courses cost £45 per person. Concessions can be made for students and group visits.
Our hourly consultancy rate is £94 per hour (2023 rates)
Guided tours of the teaching gallery cost £25 per head. Visits with a basic overview tour cost £15 per head. group concessions are negotiable.
For further information about Consultancy services and CPD Courses please contact Charles Brooking on:
T: 01483 274 203
For information relating to The Brooking Museum of Architectural detail, please visit the charity’s website: www.thebrooking.org.uk