Prof Sir Albert Richardson PRA
Avioth La Recevresse

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Avioth is in the Meuse region of France, on the Belgian border. The city was founded in the twelfth century, when a villager miraculously found a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary in a thorn bush. A chapel built on the site soon became a place of pilgrimage and the church on the site – dedicated to Notre Dame – was created a Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Beside the Basilica stands the Recevresse, a piece of stone lacework. Its original function is unknown; it was more recently a place where pilgrims’ offerings were received. It was registered as a historical monument in 1840 by the French authorities.

Sir Albert Edward Richardson K.C.V.O., F.R.I.B.A, F.S.A., P.R.A. (1880-1964) was a traditionalist, renowned for his distaste of modern architecture. Rooted firmly in the classical period, he lived a Georgian life, refusing to have electricity in his Georgian house – until his wife finally insisted. Professor of Architecture at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture from 1929-1955, this was evacuated to Cambridge during the war and he became a fellow of St Catharine’s College. Amongst his other achievements, Richardson was President of the RA, editor of Architect’s Journal and founder of the Georgian Group.

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