Rivals In Stone

Joe Kerr presents a series in which he visits two adjacent buildings created in opposition to each other.

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01Opposite Sides Of The Tracks20020715Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.
01Opposite Sides Of The Tracks20181007London's King's Cross Station was built in 1851-2 and was hailed an important work of engineering.

15 years later, the Midland Railways Company, desperate to impose itself on London and outdo rival companies, built a new station next door - only bigger, grander and more expensive - St Pancras.

Series in which architectural historian Joe Kerr visits pairs of neighbouring buildings built as responses to the rivalry between their builders.

Robert Thorne champions St Pancras while Helen Evenden speaks up for King's Cross.

Producer: Matthew Dodd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

The rivalry between the two rail companies that built King's Cross and St Pancras.

Documentary exploring the rivalry between the companies behind major civic projects.

01Opposite Sides Of The Tracks20181008The rivalry between the two rail companies that built King's Cross and St Pancras.

Documentary exploring the rivalry between the companies behind major civic projects.

02The Enemy Within20020716Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.
02The Enemy Within20181014Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral stand on opposite sides of a courtyard within the city's medieval walls. They are symbols of competing powers: crown and church.

Joe Kerr finds out how each of these magnificent buildings was used as a fortress against the other, even though they were neighbours.

Series in which architectural historian Joe Kerr visits pairs of neighbouring buildings built as responses to the rivalry between their builders.

Producer: Matthew Dodd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

Hw Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral were built and at times pitted against each other.

Documentary exploring the rivalry between the companies behind major civic projects.

02The Enemy Within20181015Hw Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral were built and at times pitted against each other.

Documentary exploring the rivalry between the companies behind major civic projects.

03Jekyll And Hyde Mansions20020717"Baron of Bangor Bernard Ward couldn't agree with his wife, Lady Mary Magill, over the design of their new home, with glorious results."
03Jekyll And Hyde Mansions20020717Baron of Bangor Bernard Ward couldn't agree with his wife, Lady Mary Magill, over the design of their new home, with glorious results.
03Jekyll And Hyde Mansions20181021Joe Kerr explores 18th-century Castle Ward in County Down, where a married couple held opposing architectural tastes.

Bernard Ward, the Baron of Bangor, couldn't agree with his wife Lady Mary Magill over the design of their new country house.

So they split the house into two: her half was gothic and his was classical, both on the outside and inside. The result is a building with a glorious split personality.

Producer: Matthew Dodd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

Joe Kerr explores 18th-century Castle Ward in County Down.

Documentary exploring the rivalry between the companies behind major civic projects.

03Jekyll And Hyde Mansions20181022Joe Kerr explores 18th-century Castle Ward in County Down.

Documentary exploring the rivalry between the companies behind major civic projects.

04Roehampton Estate20181028Architectural historian Joe Kerr concludes his tour of competitive buildings, with a trip to the rival halves of Alton Estate, in Roehampton.

Joe enlists the help of historian Alan Powers, an enthusiast for Alton East; and critic Hugh Pearman, who prefers the later work at Alton West; in comparing two contrasting visions of social housing, from the post-war era of reconstruction.

Producer: Matthew Dodd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.

Joe Kerr visits the rival halves of Alton Estate in Roehampton.

Documentary exploring the rivalry between the companies behind major civic projects.

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