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Novel's plot inspires new gates at Shandy Hall, Coxwold
9:07am Friday 9th August 2013 in News
Trainee blacksmiths Fred Suffield, left, and Adam Baille, from Chris Topp and Co, with the gate at Shandy Hall
A new gate with a literary challenge has been installed at an historic North Yorkshire manor house.
The gate’s design is a playful nod to Laurence Sterne, the 18th century writer who lived there, and to his masterwork, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The house – Shandy Hall at Coxwold – is now the home of The Laurence Sterne Trust and the gate features one of the lines from Sterne’s famous novel.
The line is a graphic depiction of the twists and turns of the novel’s plot with all the wrong turns, and false starts that Sterne includes in the book to test whether his reader has been following the story.
Curator Patrick Wildgust said: “Fans of Tristram Shandy should be able to spot a novel element in the gate’s design.”
The gate was designed by Chris Topp, artist blacksmith and architectural metalworker, of Tholthorpe. Chris has designed items for Hampton Court, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
It is the first time Shandy Hall has had a gate since the last one was removed in 2000.
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