Into the Golden Age

Posted: September 1, 2012 in Agatha Christie, Golden Age of detective fiction, Miss Marple

Devon has some wonderful locations where you can travel back in time to the Golden Age of the English Detective Story,  entering the world of Hercule Poirot, Captain Hastings, Miss Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Harriet Vane. I last wore my dinner suit in 1970, the night England lost 2-3 to West Germany in the World Cup, so the chances of fitting into it and enjoying dinner at the luxurious Burgh Island Hotel are slim. Pity it looks a fantastic venue.

But never mind there is another iconic modernist house in Devon. High Cross House completed in 1932, and designed by the Swiss-American architect William Lescaze for William Curry, the first headmaster of Dartington Hall School. High Cross House has been described as an example of brutalist architecture, and a simple sleek machine for living. I have always thought the design unsuited to Devon’s climate and that  it would look much more comfortable on the California or Florida Coast.

Although when one enters you can imagine Hercule Poirot sitting in the uncomfortable chairs, the harsh modernism makes me feel I should be volunteering to fight in the Spanish Civil War, and that Hermann Goering and Albert Speer will come through the door at any moment. 


  1. Thanks for sharing, Norm. I can now visualise that modern house…

  2. Norman Price says:

    High Cross House is still owned by the Dartington Estate, but is now administered by the National Trust. It must cost a fortune to maintain as the flat roof is not a design concept suited to Devon. September is going to be an Agatha Christie month with the Festival 9-16 September, and I am hoping to visit Greenway again and an exhibition of Christie covers from the 1960s and 1970s at Torquay Museum.

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