[VIDEO] John Betjeman’s satirical reflection on the architecture at Bath, England (prose, not poetry)

John Betjeman in The West Country was filmed in 1962 and thought lost until re-discovered in the 90s and broadcast as The Lost Betjemans. Here, Betjeman takes on the persona of a property developer to satirically critique the architectural trends taking hold in the 60s.

Sir John Betjeman,(28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster.

He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. Starting his career as a journalist, he ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate to date and a much-loved figure on British television.


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