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a life in architecture

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Three buildings from the rich menu of properties run by the Landmark Trust are the choice of its newly appointed chairman, Martin Drury.

The starter, 'a perfect little rusticated Gothic folly', is a picturesque 'ruin' at Hackfall, near Grewelthorpe in Yorkshire. Built in about 1745, it is the most important of a series of buildings dotted through a dramatic stretch of landscape in the valley of the River Ure. The Trust is currently involved in restoring the folly and converting it into 'a perfect weekendery'.

Next, Fort Clonque on the coast of Alderney, one of the Channel Islands. 'A beautiful piece of military architecture with a series of bastions, a courtyard and a defensive wall.' Up to 11 can sleep in the various soldiers'quarters.

The Drury family loved it and the children were particularly excited by the fact that at high tide it was cut off from the rest of the island.

Last, a modern house near Barnstaple, North Devon, designed by Peter Aldington in 1970 (pictured). 'A single-storey, timber-framed house with a long, low silhouette, sitting hard down in the landscape with wonderful views to the south-east.' This is the first time the Landmark Trust has acquired such a recently built property and Drury says he is interested to see how the trust's formula of rescuing a building in danger and then letting it for short holidays will operate when applied to a modern classic.

The Landmark Trust can be contacted on 01628 825925.

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