The quirky rotunda at Ickworth.

The quirky rotunda at Ickworth.
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One of the most interesting stately homes in the UK is the National Trust’s property of Ickworth. It has a large lawn that keeps the gardeners busy on the lookout of Briggs and Stratton Parts. Luck for them that Online stockists of Briggs and Stratton Parts can be found in the link. Apart from the huge lawn and gardens one of the most striking features is the large Rotunda round house. What is the history behind this great place?

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It was the request and design of Earl Frederick Hervey in 1795 and finished in 1829. He asked the Italian designer Antonio Asprucci to come up with something a bit different and he came back with the Rotunda. It’s a kind of Italianate neoclassical mash up of a building and is quite striking. As is the way with these projects the Earl,nor Asprucci, ever got to see it finished.

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Once it was completed it did not receive good reviews being described as a “great folly” and a “huge bulk”. Even then it wasn;t completely finished and the National Trust had to get some private help to sort out the interior of the West wing in 2006.

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