Jan. 22, 2022

Two Wheels to Munstead with Elspeth Beard

Two Wheels to Munstead with Elspeth Beard
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Join me in conversation as I welcome Elspeth Beard, an award-winning architect. Elspeth has many amazing architectural accomplishments under her belt, however, the one that I love the most is the Munstead Water Tower that was built in 1898.  Elspeth purchased through auction in 1989 and fought local council and won on appeal to be able to build her dream home. It did take 7 years to build.

Elspeth learned at a young age that as long as there is a will there is a way. Midway through her studies to become an Architect, Elspeth began an epic journey on a 1974 BMW R60/6  that already had 45000 miles on it and rode this bike around the world.  On her journey, Elspeth found herself and regained an interest in Architecture from all the wonderful buildings she had seen on her journey.

When Elspeth started on her journey, no one seemed interested, many did not think she could do it, said she would be back in a few months.  Elspeth pushed on and completed the trip around the world and was a little disheartened when she returned and found that her family and her friends were not interested in her story.

It wasn't until 35 years later that a friend shared her story with BMW and they published it on their international webpage with a photo and we can say that the rest is history. Elspeth is now credited with being one of the first British women to ride a motorcycle around the world. Today everyone wants to hear Elspeth's story. Although as she said to me, Architecture has been my life for over 30 years where my epic journey was just under two years.

Be sure to pick up Elspeth's Book, available through her website or Amazon. 

Find out more about Elspeth
Website: Elspeth Beard
Facebook: Elspeth Beard
Instagram: Elspeth Beard
Architect: Elspeth Beard

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Randall McKeown