Thomas Sharp became well known during the 1940s as one of the major proponents of the art of townscape. His post war plans for cathedral cities such as Durham, Oxford, Salisbury and Chichester captured the public imagination as well as the admiration of fellow town planners, for the quality of their writing and production as well as their content. But what do we know of the man? Drawing upon first hand experiences and a series of interviews this article illuminates our understanding of Sharp. It provides new insights into the life and labours of this champion of the idea of place, revealing his poetic inclinations, irascible temperament, and personality flaws which often saw his energy dissipated in arguments and clashes with other professionals.