Falcon Hildred was born in Grimsby in 1935 when it was the World's premier fishing
town. From the very beginning he was fascinated by the sounds, shapes and smells
of industry. He came to know other working towns -
Examples of his works are in the following collections :
He has published two books :
Word in Your Eye or What Is Design ?
In the forward to this, Professor Robert Brown of Design Wales wrote "I have known and admired Falcon's work many years. I hope that you will agree that this book is a triumph of personal achievement." The book is available from Amazon.
Newport Transporter Bridge
Winner of two awards. In reviewing this, David de Haan of Ironbridge Museum wrote "It is a beautiful book... Undoubtedly the most gifted illustrator of industrial archaeology since John Cooke Bourne, Falcon combines aesthetic results with a clear grasp of technical details." The book is available from Newport Museum and Art Gallery.
The following book has also been published recently :
Worktown : The Drawings of Falcon D Hildred
By Peter Wakelin ISBN 978-
Available on order from bookshops or from Amazon.
200 Colour illustrations select a range of work produced over a lifetime, including
designs, drawings for conservation campaigns, and a couple of student examples. But
of course it is the historical record that forms the bulk of the work -
The drawings are accurate, without being tedious, atmospheric where appropriate, and artistic yet without artistic license. It is therefore a book designed to serve as a reliable work of reference, yet also to be thoroughly enjoyed.