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Hack Detailing?

August 25, 2012
Gaunts House 014 by Woodlanda
Gaunts House 014, a photo by Woodlanda on Flickr.

This terracotta head gazes out from the facade of Gaunt’s House at Hinton Martell near Wimborne, Dorset.

The house was rebuilt in 1886/7 and is currently used as the base for an alternative community. There are also terracotta relief plaques and balustrades at the edge of the roof.

Pevsner dismisses the building in the Dorset book of the Buildings of England as ‘Hack detailing’ and states that the surviving portion of the previous building (1809) ‘at least has the virtue of refinement.’

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