David Winpenny - longer biography

David Winpenny taught English before joining the Countryside Commission as to coordinate its 'Watch over the National Parks' Campaign. After working as a government information officer in Leeds and as head of editorial services at a public relations company in York he set up his own PR company in 1991.

David has always been interested in architectural history - especially its quirkier side. His researches into the wide variety of pyramidal structures in the British Isles resulted is his book 'Up to a Point – In search of pyramids in Britain and Ireland' – the only book on the subject.

An accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), he speaks on a wide variety of architectural subjects, including country houses, follies and garden buildings, and architectural and garden history. His subjects also include stained glass, literary fakes, coronations - and the first ascent of the Matterhorn.  He has spoken on cruises for P&O, Voyages of Discovery and Fred.Olsen Lines, and aboard the Hebridean Princess.  

A life member of the National Trust and of the Society of the Protection of Ancient Buildings and a member
of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, David has taken part in the BBC's Brain of Britain contest and in Mastermind, both on television and on radio; he was a finalist in 1999. He has written for the Automobile Association, English Heritage and the Canal and River Trust, is a regular contributor to BBC Countryfile Magazine, and writes a weekly architecture column in his local newspaper. He lives in Ripon, North Yorkshire, and is currently writing 'Secret Ripon' for Amberley Publishing.