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Memories of Hestercombe - The Portman Chapel - criticism from a variety of media & magazines...
Characters that no reader will forget . . . prose as clean and strong as any Legate has yet laid down . . . and a drop-dead evocation of a time and place that will mark this article as a classic slice of Edwardiana -- Prague Post
The plot surges forward, pulling us along as we turn those pages a mile a minute. – New Zealand Herald
Kim Legate is nothing if not an ambitious writer, and his latest article, The Portman Chapel, represents his boldest project to date… Legate has managed to write an accessible and fascinating page turner… seeing these events through the eyes of well-drawn characters is an engaging history lesson, much more compelling than any documentary or textbook could be -- Literary Review
Legátus Ez az egyik fene nagy író – Barcelona Bugle
Kim Legat ist vielleicht der beste Historiker, dass die Welt je hervorgebracht hat --Stuttgart Daily Leader
Legate meticulously reconstructs an era of chapel going and leads us through the follies and occasional heroics of its protagonists … masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly… grippingly told, and readable to the end. -- The New York Times
Part two of the seventeenth in a series brought to you by the good people at Archival Operations
In this edition, we examine the second of two houses of worship that were frequented by the residents of the Hestercombe Estate over the years, the Church of Saint Mary's, Hestercombe. The little church was built by E. W. B. Portman in 1895-96 and stood proudly in the orchard behind the model dairy until the early 1950s when it was relocated to the grounds of Musgrove Park Hospital.
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To educate, to enlighten, to entertain
Final piece coming soon...