I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Tuesday, 5 August 2008


Not surprisingly, I live in a Victorian cottage.  It is in London, but as you can see it looks as if it is sitting in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.  I am fighting against a planning application to do extensive building work to the Victorian Villa next door, which would include demolition of part of the back and side walls of the Villa.  

Life reflects art and art reflects life.  It seems as if I am destined to carrying on William Morris' work, protecting the English heritage.  Morris formed The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings which was dubbed the Anti-Scrape society.  At the core of Morris' philosophy which was heavily influenced by his friend and mentor, John Ruskin, is the belief that old buildings should look old, and that historic fabrics should be respected and preserved.  The Morris' protection society was intended to preserve buildings from over development and also from destructive restoration.  This society was the seed of what was to become The National Trust.

Above is a picture of my house.  If the planning application goes ahead a flat roofed box like structure will be erected one meter from the right hand side wall, reaching as high as the eaves.  I have a petition online relating to my own particular planning application objection which you can read and sign if you so wish:

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