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The Statue, the Square and the Slippery Baron

We think our public parks are suffering from neglect but even after years of austerity and poor maintenance they haven’t quite fallen into the same state of decay as the well-known public space being described here in a book named … Continue reading

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The Eighth Wonder of the World?

Last week’s post was about Salomon de Caus’s career in England. It ended when James I’s daughter, Princess Elizabeth, who de Caus was tutoring, married Frederick, the Elector Palatine in 1613 and moved to Heidelberg.  This might have been a … Continue reading

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Austin & Seeley

Many months ago I posted several pieces tracing the story of  Eleanor Coade and her artificial stone,  which ornamented  elite buildings and gardens in the later 18thc. A later post looked at the work of Mark Blanchard and John Blashfield … Continue reading

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Repton through the window…

Repton is well-known as our first landscape gardener but he was much more than that. It’s often overlooked that he was an architect too, [although with less obvious success and renown] and much of his writing is concerned with the … Continue reading

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Artificial Stone 3: Coade broken

In two earlier posts we have seen the rise and triumph of Eleanor Coade’s artificial stone business. [Catch up on them at:   http://wp.me/p4brf0-vR6  &   http://wp.me/p4brf0-vR8 ]  Eleanor was a successful entrepreneur dominating the market in architectural decoration and … Continue reading

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