Wednesday, November 14, 2007

All Mod Cons

Augustus Pugin, Ramsgate's most illustrious architectural son, is featured all this week on Radio 4. God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill is currently Book of the Week, and it's just getting to the interesting stuff about the Millionaire's Playground.

Apparently our Puge was besotted with the place, and built what's described as the world's first 'modern home' here. The Grange, pictured above, was way ahead of its time, and boasted plasma tellies, Smeg appliances and a wet room.

Don't worry if you've not tuned in so far. You can listen to all five episodes, narrated by Haydn Gwynne, on the Radio 4 website for the next seven days. You'll just love the part where the plumbers arrive with the wrong Jacuzzi!

3 comments:

Michael Child said...

Richard this structure designed by Pugin collapsed in Ramsgate the pictures may interest you http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/collapse/ I wonder if it will feature in God’s Architect perhaps God was looking the other way that day

Eastcliff Richard said...

Temporary fencing's come a long way since them days, Michael!

Millicent said...

Interesting that there is sign saying "sea caves" on the flint wall of the model village