John Betjeman was an English poet, writer and broadcaster. He worked at The Architectural Review from 1930 to 1935 as assistant editor, following the magazine’s publication of some of his freelance work
Up to this point Betjeman had been an admirer of the Victorian aesthetic; he changed his views (or bit his tongue) while writing for at The AR as the editor was a vigorous modernist. He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of the period’s architecture. He was a popular Poet Laureate - an ancient honour bestowed by the reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II - and a much-loved figure on British television. He died in May 1984.