Derick Ingram, who died shortly before the publication of out last Newsletter, was a founder member of the Civic Society and for many years our treasurer. He had a distinguished career as an architect both in Banbury and beyond.
He was born in East London in 1927 and made an auspicious entry into architecture during the Second World War, when he was articled at the age of 16 to the distinguished architect E. Vincent Harris. After 2 years National Service as a gunner, he studied architecture at the Northern Polytechnic in London.
In the Sixties he moved to Banbury and worked with the architect Peter Lucas. Later he set up his own practice in Oxford. Locally, his buildings included the rear annexe at the Whately Hall Hotel, The Oast House Public House (sadly demolished), The General Foods Sports and Social Club, the Bradley Arcade on Bretch Hill, Badgers Farm in Swerford and Town Wood House in Wroxton, where the family lived for a period.
The Society was always grateful for the experience he brought to bear on many of the Society’s issues, particularly with regard to planning and urban design.
The Oast House Public House
Bradley Arcade, Bretch Hill
General Foods Sports and Social Club, Spiceball Park