Friday, 5 September 2008

'The Pimple' has been bought

If you don't live in the Tavistock area of West Devon you might be puzzled by the title to this blog entry. Well 'The Pimple' is a very small triangular building on the edge of Whitchurch Down - effectively where Tavistock meets Dartmoor. The structure is in fact a folly and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens no less as an access point to a now disused service reservoir. In Devon one associates Lutyens primarily with the huge Castle Drogo overlooking the Teign Valley. The Cenotaph in Whitehall was another of his works. Anyway 'The Pimple' (dates from 1914) and the 40ft x 40ft old reservoir recently came onto the market, the vendor looking for about £10,000 I believe, and I'm very pleased that an anonymous purchaser has secured the deal, someone keen to see that the folly should stay as it is. As previously there will be no internal access to the building or reservoir. This curiosity is held in great affection by the locals and this link here provides one of the many photos of it you can find on the internet.

I love these quirky buildings!

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