Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Gideon Mantell's House

This is Gideon Mantell's house in Lewes.



At one time it housed the greatest dinosaur museum in Britain- possibly in Europe. Mantell was one of the fathers of palaeontology and- most famously- the man who discovered and named the iguanadon. If we had our values straight we'd take Nelson down off his column and put Mantell in his place.

The house has capitals in the shape of ammonites. I'd like to believe Mantell commissioned them but understand it was a fashion of the time and the house was already standing in its present form when Mantell bought it. Mind you, I walked all the way up and down Lewes High Street and Mantell's is the only house that has them...

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