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Tuesday22 August 2017

Architect bids to protect Bristol's Kings Weston House

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An architect has formed a community group to try and protect the grade I listed building and find its missing statue

Kings Weston House is a grade I listed building designed by John Vanbrugh in 1710, and was home to the Bath University School of Architecture in the 1960s.

In recent years it has been used as a centre for conferences and wedding receptions but the property was recently put up for sale for £2 million by owner John Hardy.

Bristol architect David Martyn has formed Kings Weston Action Group to lobby Bristol City Council to protect the estate’s future and develop a conservation plan.

An appeal has also been launched to find a Georgian marble statue that has gone missing from the grounds. The group is appealing to former students of the college for information.

The statue was toppled during the second world war and was moved to the basement of Kings Weston House where it stayed for a number of years.

Until 1970 it could be found in the student’s common room of the architecture department but since then its location has become a mystery.

Kings Weston Action Group has created a replica of the statue in the hope it will prompt people to come forward.

Martyn said: “I’m sure someone must have seen the statue and remembers when she left and where she went. We’d really love to relocate her and see if she can be reinstated.”

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