Four Purbeck Arcadias

Four Purbeck Arcadias


NAJ 45/46 (1998). George Burt, the uncrowned king of Swanage, and his late 19th century creation of Durlston Park as a Seaside Arcadia; the conservation of Durlston compared with that of Lulworth Castle and Tyneham village; and the coastal Arcadian garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s ‘Proposal for Arne’.



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A5 book, 116 pp., 59 illustrations.


Chris Broughton (plus Cover, left), Howard Eaglestone, Gary Hincks.

Patrick Eyres. Introduction.
David Lambert. Durlston Park and Purbeck House: the Public and Private Realms of George Burt, King of Swanage (Durlston Park, a public and moral landscape of education and pleasure, incorporates a castle, caves, a lighthouse, shrubberies, clifftop walks and an extraordinary range of inscriptions and invocations; and Purbeck House, Burt’s private town garden, is crammed with architectural and sculptural fragments salvaged from London where his firm, Mowlem’s, was engaged in road improvements).
David Lambert. The Folly of Conservation: Conservation in Practice at Durlston Country Park, Tyneham and Lulworth Castle (an interrogation of the public benefits and liabilities, the ironies and hidden discourses of conservation, as practised by the Countryside Commission at Durlston, the Ministry of Defence at Tyneham, and English Heritage at Lulworth).
Patrick Eyres. Lyric Arcadias: Swanage and Arne (this meditation contemplates both George Burt’s invocation of the Swanage Sea Cliffs as a Climber’s Arcadia, and Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Arcadian ‘Proposal for Arne’).
Ian Hamilton Finlay (with Gary Hincks). ‘A Proposal for Arne’, 1988/89 (Virgilian inscriptions invoke a coastal Arcadia within terrain once inhabited by Romans).