Why the fight to save Dartington hall is important for so many

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Why the fight to save Dartington hall is important for so many

Dartington Hall, Devon

2/22/2020

Why the fight to save Dartington hall is important for so many

In its first 50 years Dartington Hall was a roaring success. Then came incompetence, with trusts and CEOs selling off the family silver and land to keep it afloat. Developers preying on communities to build substandard and overpriced housing is nothing new but, says Rob Hopkins, the people of Devon are taking a stand

Devon . Local people still have access to the 1,200-acre estate’s footpaths, beautiful gardens, cinema, cafes and bar. It is home to about 170 pioneering social enterprises, and to many people doing amazing work. It hosts 42 heritage buildings, some pioneering early 20th century architecture, and a Henry Moore sculpture. Like a football match, our story is one of two halves. In 1923, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought the estate to develop as an experiment bringing together the arts, education, agriculture, architecture, craftsmanship, dance and more to see if together they might create a different model for rural regeneration. For the first 50 years, it was a roaring success. Rabindranath Tagore spent time there, as did Michael Chekhov. The Read more: The Independent

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