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History man

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Ian Pollard, the wild man of property in the 1980s boom - he designed, as well as built, the PoMo Marco Polo House in Battersea and the neo-Egyptian Homebase diy store in Warwick Road - has had a skeleton come back to haunt him. Not at one of his developments but in the garden of his home, an 18-bedroom mansion behind Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire, where his gardener was digging a new rose bed. Buried in a stone coffin, the remains are thought to be of the Benedictine historian, William of Malmesbury. Now Pollard is in discussions with English Heritage about what is to be done with it - and with his plans to plant 2000 different types of roses to mark the millennium.

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