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Knockdown ginger

Television personality Chris Evans, who stands to gain up to £75 million from the one-off sale of his media group, can easily afford the £6 million house he has 'fallen in love with' - Hascombe Court in Surrey. This up-market decision combines the world of mindless radio with Lutyens. The house (1906-7) is by his pupil J D Coleridge and features a fine Bargate stone entrance front in his master's manner, according to Pevsner. Less enticing, however, are plans by Evans pal and Oasis star Noel Gallagher to add to his own Buckinghamshire pile. There is local 'uproar' (isn't there always?) over what he wants to do to the house in Chalfont St Giles - build a Buddhist temple over a swimming pool and put a bar next to it with a sliding glass roof. That's more like it.

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