Remembering Thomas Atkinson’s work at Royal Beulah Spa

Around 100 people gathered at the Beulah Spa lawns in Upper Norwood, south London, on Saturday to unveil a plaque and history lectern to commemorate the now almost-forgotten Royal Spa that once existed there. Many of those attending wore Victorian clothing and danced quadrilles, just as they would have done so in the 1830s-40s when … Continue reading Remembering Thomas Atkinson’s work at Royal Beulah Spa

Thomas Atkinson’s role in the history of Royal Beulah Spa to be commemorated

I am delighted to report that on 29th September the Mayor of Croydon, Toni Letts, will unveil a memorial stone and public lectern commemorating the former existence of the Royal Beulah Spa, which once dominated the hills of Upper Norwood. We have written here before about the Spa and the important role played by Thomas … Continue reading Thomas Atkinson’s role in the history of Royal Beulah Spa to be commemorated

Thomas Atkinson and Royal Beulah Spa

The Victorian obsession with spas and pleasure gardens is well known, particularly those in London. Sadler’s Wells, the Clerkenwell Spas, Bagnigge Wells, Hampstead Spa, St Pancras Wells, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and literally dozens of other similar establishments were once the Victorian equivalent of theme parks, offering music, entertainments, food and drink and other pleasures to … Continue reading Thomas Atkinson and Royal Beulah Spa

Another surviving Thomas Atkinson building found in Manchester

Thomas Atkinson never ceases to surprise, and his architectural work still keeps revealing itself, with the latest revelations concerning his business partner in Manchester, writes Sally Hayles. We know that Thomas had two professional partnerships. Both were formed for specific projects which no doubt Thomas hoped would enhance his reputation and his pocket. The first … Continue reading Another surviving Thomas Atkinson building found in Manchester

Thomas Atkinson at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 1830-42

Thomas Atkinson was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition, a fact that can be checked easily using the online index recently made available here. Between 1830 and 1842 Atkinson exhibited a total of nine pictures and one model at the prestigious exhibition held at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London. Most of works … Continue reading Thomas Atkinson at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 1830-42