New gem at Exmouth's A La Ronde

PUBLISHED: 19:01 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 09 April 2010

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 - Exmouth's A La Ronde will be displaying their final, and unexpected, gem to conclude this season s Hidden House theme.

EXMOUTH'S A La Ronde will be displaying their final, and unexpected, gem to conclude this season's Hidden House theme.

The final item to be displayed is the will of Mary Parminter, who, with her cousin Jane, built A la Ronde, the 16-sided 18th Century house, now in the care of the National Trust.

The will came to light when staff and volunteers were going through boxes of paperwork, in store in the house.

Assistant Property Manager, Salli Carr-Griffin said: "These extraordinary ladies, having travelled across Europe for 10 years, were the first women to climb Mount Buit in the Alps, returned to build a hexadecagonal home."

Mary's will was of extraordinary length, measuring 73cm by 65cm, and consisting of 10 pages, with two principal aims - to preserve A la Ronde and its contents intact, and to allow only unmarried kinswomen to inherit.

To see the will and find out how the trust was broken and the house transferred to the only man to own it in 200 years, visit A la Ronde, Summer Lane, from Saturday, October 4 to Sunday, November 2 (closed Thursday and Friday).

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