A building of notable character

PUBLISHED: 16:42 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

Stuart Yerrell (letters, October 23) regards the Budleigh Salterton Club s bricked up windows as an everyday insult to the town s beautiful environment .

Stuart Yerrell (letters, October 23) regards the Budleigh Salterton Club's bricked up windows as an 'everyday insult to the town's beautiful environment'. The club is obliged to Mr Yerrell for his opinion; not all will agree with it.

Mr Yerrell may not know that the building is affectionately known in the town as 'The Morgue'. However, although it may distantly resemble a mausoleum, it is almost universally conceded that it is a building of notable character and an ornament to the town.

Alas, the war intervened, but the original intention inspired by the renowned antiquarian Professor Marshall-Lee had been to grace the ledges with a series of replicas of classical sculptures; the most notable of which was to have been that of Iamos, from the east pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, completed in 546 bc.

The artist carefully observes the flaccid, ageing body, and in gestures and features he expresses the old seer's anticipation of disaster.

O P Hassell,

Hon. Librarian,

Budleigh Salterton Club.

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