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The fur is flying in the normally polite world of Classical architecture. A gushing article by Jeremy Musson in Country Life magazine describes Henbury Hall, Cheshire, as 'a totem of the Classical tradition', praising the designs by Julian Bicknell realised in 1984-87 for Sebastian de Ferranti. The article fails to mention that the house, a reinterpretation of Palladio's Villa Rotonda, was originally designed by Quinlan Terry. Terry, who, as the successor of Raymond Erith could claim the title of doyen of modern British Classicism, is furious. 'I designed the house right down to working details, ' he says. 'The client decided that he wanted another architect to build it - maybe he wanted someone more compliant. The details were changed, not necessarily for the better. I had phone calls from the contractor, who wasn't happy at all. But it was essentially my scheme and some mention of my role would have been polite.'

Bicknell (ex-Cullinans) has of course gone on to great things, including some extraordinary neo-Georgian golf clubs in Japan.

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