About me:

Guy Inchbald, MA (Cantab), BSc, BA, FRSA

Career summary

Studied architecture and philosophy, trained as architect. Changed to study electronics and industrial design, became an electronics engineer specialising in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) design and testing. Moved to the design, manufacture and sales of computer input devices for young children and special needs, as Holdfast Computing.

Turned to technical authoring, before becoming a freelance Technical Consultant and Author. Now turned to more general historical writing, though little is yet published.


The Downian Society committee: old pupils of The Downs Malvern preparatory school (formerly the Downs School, Colwall).

Fellow of the RSA - Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Gloucester, UK branch of the International Plastic Modelling Society, on whom I occasionally inflict models of fictional aircraft from a half-finished historical novel.

Long-term but lapsed memberships (sorry about that folks, cashflow of the unpublished writer, y'know): Liberal Democrats, Amnesty International.

Former Councillor for the Worcestershire Parish of Longdon, Queehill and Holdast, and Parish representative on the Malvern Hills Area CALC.

Current interests

All things aviation – history, design, aerodynamics, those oily things that roar and stop them falling out of the sky, the people who make it all happen....

Writing a biography of J W Dunne; soldier, aviation pioneer, fly fisherman and philosopher extraordinaire.

Other active interests include the philosophy of science and self, polyhedra, and the business power of free and open source licensing models.

I find the current state of web authoring and programming languages to be pretty awful and sometimes toy with panscript, the germ of an idea for a unified web language.

I contribute to wikipedia where I call myself steelpillow.


Degrees in: Architecture & Philosophy (Cantab – Churchill), Environmental Studies (UCL – The Bartlett) and Electronics Design (OU).

Public School: Bryanston (1966 - 70).

Prep Schools: The Downs School, Colwall (1964 - 65). Brocksford Hall, Derbyshire (1960 - 1963. Earlywood, Berks (1960). Westbourne, Sheffield (1958 - 1960).


Father Peter Inchbald, designer of the University of Hull Mace, writer of the Franco Corti detective stories and sometime painter and sculptor, among other things. Died 2 July 2004. In 2013 I was able to publish his autobiography, Jack of All Trades: and His Family, in both paperback and ebook editions.

Grandfather (maternal) Sir Joseph Nall, MP for Hulme, Manchester.

Great grandfather Sir John Bingham, founder of Bingham Park, Sheffield.

Great-great-great grandfather the Rev. Dr. Peter Inchbald, who ran a boys' school at Adwick Hall, Adwick-le-Street, Yorkshire (now demolished). The house had at one time been occupied, and possibly built, by a branch of the Washington family to which George Washington, founding President of the USA, belonged. The "stars and bars" motif is to be seen on the Washington coat of arms in the surviving church nearby.

Updated 12 Apr 2021