Charles Brooking


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Charles Brooking is a fascinating and knowledgeable collector of architectural detail, The Brooking Collection of Architectural Detail, and as a Chartered Surveyor we find his lifelong quest to collect British building details unique, informative and valuable and a collection that must be kept intact for years to come. If you need help and advice with regard to building surveys, structural surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, dilapidations or any other property matters please free phone 0800 298 5424.

The following is one of a series of interviews with Charles Brooking, Historic and Listed Buildings Detail Expert, The Brooking Collection of Architectural Detail and an Independent Chartered Surveyor where we have recorded his comments and various aspects that have affected windows and doors and other collectibles. The interviews outline how his collection started and built over the years and gives an insight into the amazing architectural features housed in his fine collection.

Surveyor: Are you looking for buildings to store your collection of rescued architectural detail in?

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Charles Brooking : Yes, at time of taking part in this interview we are as the Trust has changed in its format and we are desperately looking for a new home. There are one or two options for a major home for the Collection again, in tandem with, the University of Greenwich, to hopefully set it up as a National Collection of Building Detail. The Brooking Collection is a Registered Charity and funds are urgently required to help secure a future for the collection of over 250,000 artefacts which are stored in a warehouse and should be in a permanent home to allow others to learn from the wealth of architectural details.

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Rescue defined

Charles Brooking defines a rescue as saving a window or door or staircase that would be doomed.

Charles Brooking was a pioneer in the rescue of architectural detailing as many years ago it was very much considered a strange and an unusual past time to want to rescue old parts of buildings with everything new and shiny being so important.

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