you have lived in Leicester for any amount of time you may not know about
the Goddard architectural dynasty, but you will certainly have seen their
buildings. From the Clocktower through churches, houses and schools, generations
of the Goddard practice have helped to shape the face of Leicester. The
story of the Goddards is told very well in 'Men of Property - The Goddards
and Six Generations of Architecture' by Geoff Brandwood and Martin Cherry,
and anyone wanting to know more about the practice and the buildings it
designed should read this book. This trail is far from being a complete
representation of the works of the Goddard practice, but it may act as
an introduction to a fascinating body of work. For those of us who know
nothing about architectural terminology there is a basic explanation below,
while the chronology tells the story of the Goddards and is an attempt
to show how their buildings evolved with changes in taste and style.
This website is part of the East Midlands Oral History Archive and has been compiled by Colin Hyde. Any comments can be sent to him via the 'Contact us' button at the bottom of the page.