Papers of Reginald Cordingley (1896-1962), architect and architectural historian.
Reginald Cordingley's papers contains both personal and professional material spanning his architectural career. The collection largely consists of Cordingley's drafts and architectural research for academic lectures and articles that were to be published in architectural journals (RCP/1). Drafts and research pertaining to Cordingley's article on Stokesay Castle (Shropshire) can be found in this series, also (RCP/1/30-31). Through such research, Cordingley acquired a large quantity of photographic material from friends and colleagues, which is a separate series of documents (RCP/2). Photographs taken by Cordingley, himself, are also contained in the collection and, in some cases, negative film. Architectural drawings can be found amongst Cordingley's research and his own illustrations and sketches are also included.
The collection contains correspondence and related papers relating to his work for various professional bodies (RCP/5 -7). Cordingley's competition entry to Sheffield University is amongst the collection, in addition to his architectural reports on rural planning in South Cheshire (RCP/4) and Durham Cathedral (RCP/1/22). A copy of a letter from Thomas Cahill to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester (RCP/3/1) is included in the collection, despite its posthumous nature. Sent after Cordingley's death, Cahill provides a significant obituary to his close friend, which highlights Cordingley's wealth of professional achievements and his personal character. Cordingley's papers are particualrly useful for the development of professional architectural education, and for the study of English vernacular architecture and building techniques, where he was an acknowledged expert.