The Duchess of Malfi is staying at the Gunton Arms

Today we installed a sandstone monolith in Gunton Park in Norfolk, close to the acclaimed Gunton Arms pub. This is what you see as you enter the park……

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The stone was commissioned by Ivor Braka, art dealer, who bought the pub back in 2009. Following Ivor’s fantastic restoration project (see * below) this is now a great pub with a really interesting and varied (and surprising at times) art collection. The pub sits within a 1000 acre deer park. What I like about the pub, and the way it has been restored, is that you can enjoy a beer and a game of pool but also have great food in the restaurant. It’s still good for locals and as we saw today there’s a great new ‘snug’ out the back, which will be open soon. Here are a few pictures of the evolution of the stone. The text is taken from John Webster’s tragedy The Duchess of Malfi.

you can click on the images to enlarge them

by the way (for the pedants) the lower-case ‘a’ after ‘flesh?’ is in the original text

* The Gunton Arms is situated in the one thousand acre deer park which surrounds Gunton Hall near Cromer in Norfolk. The park was created in the early 18th Century by the Harbord family and was comparable in scale to the great estates to the west, Holkham and Houghton. The Park evolved over a 150 year period with a succession of great landscape architects being employed: Charles Bridgman, Humphrey Repton, Gilpin and Teulon. The Gunton Arms, originally Steward’s Farm, became the second house to Gunton Hall; and during the 1890s a frequent visitor was Lillie Langtry, famous beauty and mistress of the future King Edward VII. In the 20th Century the park declined into ruin, buildings were sold, the land ploughed up and the woods cut down. In 1982, rescue came in the person of Kit Martin, who along with Charles Harbord-Hamond and Ivor Braka succeeded in buying back much of the land and the buildings. In 2007 the park won the ‘Genius of the Place’ Country Life / Savills award for the best restoration of a historic landscape.

the above text was taken from the pub’s website

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About Teucer Wilson

I'm a stonecarver and lettercutter. See my work at www.teucerwilson.co.uk
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