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National Trust, A la Ronde
National Trust, A la Ronde

Photo credit: National Trust Images/John Blake

A la Ronde, with its sixteen sides, lozenge-shaped windows at every other angle, and topped by an octagonal lantern crowned by an oriental-looking bell tower, is one of the quirkiest properties belonging to the National Trust. Its creators were Jane Parminter (1750–1811), and a cousin, Mary Parminter (1767–1849), the latter of whom stipulated in her will that only unmarried kinswomen should inherit the property and apart from Reverend Oswald Reichel (1840–1923), female succession was maintained until it was sold to the National Trust in 1991. Most of the paintings are portraits of the previous owners and landscapes by them, as well an imposing nineteenth-century painting of a Lyme Mastiff, a now extinct breed of dog bred at Lyme Park. The works of art with most significance for A la Ronde are not paintings but pictorial or decorative pieces made out of materials such as shells, feathers, silk embroidery, cut paper, sand and even seaweed.

National Trust, A la Ronde

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National Trust, A la Ronde

Summer Lane, Exmouth, Devon EX8 5BD England

01395 265514

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  • 17 May 2022

    It's not everyday you find a dodo and a mermaid together in one place. Can you tell us where you'd find this lot?