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Residents Association MagazinearrowSummer 2003 - 7


The Guardian's introduction to the Dorset volume of Pevsner's "The Buildings of England" confirms that the guide provides descriptions, spiced by lively and informed comment of every building of architectural importance in the County. Yaffle Hill in Water Tower Road is the only house in Broadstone deemed to be of sufficient importance to be included.

The description that follows barely does it credit, and reads as follows: A period piece among the pine trees: 1930 by Sir Edward Maufe, for a director of Poole Potteries. The plan is three sides of an octagon to trap the maximum sun, the walls white, the roof covered with the shiniest of shiny green pantiles.

Owing to the kindness of the present owners, Peter and Gwen Holguette, I was able to admire this experiment in modernist architecture. Constructed in part with materials from Cyril Carter's factories, it is truly a house of its time. It was completed in 1930 and relied upon proportion, volume and line rather than elaboration and ornament. But Pevsner got one detail wrong. The roof is covered with blue tiles, not green ones.

When it was built it had unrivalled views over Poole, but now like the old viewpoint by the War Memorial it is screened by cypresses and other trees which only permit a glimpse of the beautiful place.

Mr and Mrs Holguette are prepared to share their architectural treasure with our members, but they do request the courtesy of a telephone call on 693156 before a visit is attempted.

Yaffle Hill

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