Monday, October 30, 2006

Architecture of the Imagination

"Anscombe Manor was a fourteenth-century manor house that had come down through the ensuing centuries collecting architectural souvenirs along the way--two stone-clad wings ending in a pair of mis-matched towers; odd stretches of crenellated wall; a priest's hole in the master bedroom; an internal staircase leading to a bricked-in doorway beyond which there was nothing but air, and a curiously deep subcellar that had, according to local legend, once been used as a dungeon.  The house's south wing hid the graceful nineteenth-century stable block from view."

From Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin

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