I inherited some old photos from my grandmother, including this one which is mounted behind glass in our house. It shows my grandparents eating breakfast on a very stylish balcony (sorry about the reproduction, but I didn’t want to disturb the mounting).
I asked my father about it and he mentioned some house belonging to someone rich, but I didn’t pay enough attention.
And following up Bassett-Lowke I found his house in Northhampton, 78 Derngate. This exterior and interior of the the house was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Recently it has been opened to the public.
I think the balcony can be seen in this picture of the house (taken from the 78 Derngate website).
I was revelated by all of this, but when I told my friend Lorna, she said “Oh, 78 Derngate, I know that” and produced a book about it from her bookcase. And my friend Martin knew all about Bassett-Loake.