Bendhu and its Builders
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Few who have visited the Giant's Causeway coastline of Northern Ireland will have failed to notice the unique and some say eccentric building known as Bendhu. It stands sentinal on the cliffs overlooking Ballintoy Harbour, its concrete form and unusual silhouette of cubes and finials distinguishing it from the pitched roofed cottages that prevail on the north Antrim Coast.
Bendhu was the creation of a remarkable Cornish artist, Newton Penprase (1888-1978) who, at the age of 47, started to realise his vision for a unique house by the sea, changing the design as work proceeded, defying Atlantic gales and the occasional hostility of local people.
For the first time the fascinating story of the building of this idiosyncratic house is being told in Bendhu and Its Builders. The book also provides an insight into the life and artistic output of Cornishman Newton Penprase.
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Buildings of County Antrim
Author: Andrew Couser
No. Pages: 243
Dimensions: 179 x 225mm