Kingston Lacy: A Civil War Heroine, The Philae Obelisk & Tortoises

Kingston Lacy: A Civil War Heroine, The Philae Obelisk & Tortoises

Situated near Wimborne Minster in the Dorset countryside in an incongruous site. An ‘Italian Palazzo’ which would possibly be more at home in the Veneto. Light, Italianate and airy, whilst still retaining something of England. Perhaps it is the large double-hung sash...
Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

The main photo for this post is the beautiful marble-tiled paving of the chancel at All Saints Church, Babbacombe in Devon. It is made up of coloured Devon Marble varieties from the Petitor beds – a form of limestone that can be polished for a marble effect (not a...
Butterfield in Babbacombe – All Saints Church

Butterfield in Babbacombe – All Saints Church

Parish Church of All Saints, St. Alban’s Road, Babbacombe, Torbay, Devon (1865-74). One of the key works of the architect William Butterfield (1814 to 1900) that sticks in my mind is that of Keble College, Oxford. The overall shape of the building appears as a sober,...