Peck, peck, who’s there?
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.’