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‘A Garden of Peace’- Monica Brewis, Researcher Reeves Archive Project

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Frankfort Moore was a Northern Irish dramatist and novelist of minor repute. It was said that he stopped in Lewes one day to recharge his car battery, noticed Castlegate House and bought it on the spot. He created an exotic garden there with many adornments including monoliths from the Giant’s Causeway.

 

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“Frank Frankfort Moore and his family moved to Lewes and bought Castle Gate House in 1907. Shortly after moving in, Moore began work on designing the garden and creating many architectural features. By 1916 he was sufficiently satisfied with his handiwork to commission Reeves to take photos of the garden. And in 1919 he published a book with the title ‘A Garden of Peace: A Medley of Quietude’, describing and reminiscing on his garden in Lewes. This is what he says about “The Temple”

 

Our Temple was my masterpiece…. (p.105) My temple was to be in full view of the house … I had space only for something about ten feet square, and I found out what the simplest form of such a building would cost. It could be done in stone for some hundreds of pounds, in deal for less than a fourth of that sum … but both estimates left me heavy hearted.

 

[So Moore hits upon a plan to build the temple in brick and clad the walls with pieces of reclaimed marble that he managed to obtain from various sources. He continues]

 

The only piece of which I felt doubtful, not as regards beauty, but respecting the honourable nature of its acquiring was a fine slab, with many inlays

 

[Moore explains that this piece of marble had been taken from a church near Balaclava during the Crimean War and shipped back to England].

 

All the rest of my coloured marble that I applied to the brickwork of my little structure came mostly from old mantelpieces and restaurant tables, but I was lucky enough to alight upon quite a large number of white Sicilian tiles more than an inch thick … and a friendly stonemason gave me several yards of statuary moulding”. (pp. 113-114)

 

F. Littlemore. [F. Frankfort Moore]. A Garden of Peace: A Medley of Quietude. Glasgow: Collins, 1919