CHRISTOPHER FIDDES, born Northampton in 1934, was at the Grammar School and colleges of Art for his qualifications and with the Northamptonshire Regiment in the Far East. Lived at and restored Manor Cottage between 1965 & 1977. Head of Art at Northampton School for Girls and lectured on Art History for Cambridge University extramurals. In 1963, with Sir Gyles Isham, set up Northampton Civic Society and saved about 250 historic buildings from redevelopment; led protest against a giant incinerator in the Nene Valley, and opposed a third London airport at Thurleigh and Yardley Chase and nuclear weapons at Aldermaston. In 1972, at the height of the ‘Troubles’, he went to Belfast as a war artist to create a visual record. Served on Cogenhoe and Whiston Parish Council as Chairman. In the 90s painted interior murals in Switzerland and designed stained glass windows for Northants churches. Currently preparing for a retrospective exhibition at the extended Northampton Museum on its completion in 2019.
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