Peck, peck, who’s there?

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

CLUCKINGHAM PALACE, a 16ft-tall Pal­la­dian-style hen tem­ple (the word house is sim­ply not enough), has re­cently been recog­nised in the Stone Fed­er­a­tion’s Nat­u­ral Stone Awards. Lo­cated in English Bic­knor, Gloucestershire, it was built by Small­wood Ar­chi­tects, us­ing lo­cal For­est of Dean stone and is said to have cost £150,000 to cre­ate. It cov­ers 775sq ft, just un­der the size of the av­er­age UK house (818sq ft).

‘Since the MPS’ ex­penses scan­dal, the duck (or hen) house has taken on a new sig­nif­i­cance,’ com­ments John Goodall, COUN­TRY LIFE’S Ar­chi­tec­tural Editor, ‘yet birds and poul­try do need space to roost and, if you want to make a fea­ture of such struc­tures, why not do some­thing splen­did with them? This as­ton­ish­ing chicken house is a case in point, built in a neo-classical id­iom like a great coun­try house.’

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