Wer­ring­ton won­ders

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IT was a pleas­ant sur­prise to see Corn­wall’s Wer­ring­ton Park il­lus­trated for the first time not just in COUN­TRY LIFE, but any­where (‘A won­der of the West Coun­try’, May 24). It’s a pity that the ar­ti­cle couldn’t in­clude two of the most un­usual fea­tures: first, the land­scape or­na­ment called the Su­gar Loaves, based on the prim­i­tive mon­u­ment out­side Aric­cia known as the Tomb of the Ho­ratii and Curi­atii, as this would have given the op­por­tu­nity to cor­rect Pevs­ner’s imag­i­na­tive 1950 in­ter­pre­ta­tion of this as a ver­sion of an In­dian stupa.

The se­cond is the chim­ney­p­iece in the old hall, de­rived from one de­signed by Inigo Jones in the Queen’s House, Green­wich, and prob­a­bly made for Sir Wil­liam Morice (1602–76), who, as Roger White cor­rectly states, ‘played a large part in ar­rang­ing the restora­tion of Charles II’; he was, in fact, the King’s Sec­re­tary of State. Richard Hewl­ings, Cambridgeshire

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