The financial pressures of owning a country house usually mean that the priority always has to be the main building with little left over for the kinds of follies, garden buildings and ‘eye-catchers’ which were a common enhancement in previous centuries.
Over the last few decades there have only be a few notable additions to parklands including the strikingly modern garden pavilion designed by I.M. Pei for the Keswicks in Wiltshire. However even this has a practical use but in the spirit of landscapers such as ‘Capability’ Brown, a proposal has been submitted for a new pyramid to be built as an ‘eye-catcher’ at the end of a 1km walk at Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire. Doddington is a beautiful, symmetrical, red-brick house designed by the celebrated Elizabethan architect Robert Smythson. It also has the rare distinction of being one of the few houses to have never been sold since it was completed in 1600.
Fingers crossed that this interesting proposal will be approved and completed to continue an important tradition of folly building in English gardens.
Full story: ‘Plans for pyramid at Doddington Hall‘ [Lincolnshire Echo]