Third Man is grateful to Chunter for directing him to the photograph of The Botham (above), an apartment on a Persimmon development built on the site of the former Aylestone Road cricket ground in Leicester (see here).
The Botham and the Boycott (below) excited his ever sensitive imagination if not his wanderlust.
The Squire is presently renovating the East Lodge with the help of Miss Pamela Kueber who has described herself in Homes and Obsessions as (and this proved irresistible to His Grace), ‘your mid mod mad guide’
“Just the person we need for the renovation of the East Lodge. Très Mid Century.”
“Would that be the Mid-Seventeenth or the Mid-Eighteenth Century, Y’Grace?”
“Enough of your nonsense, TM. Hold my Leica and let’s take Pam for a spin in the old Type III to trawl up some ideas.”
Published below are images ‘stolen’ on that trip from the homes of mid-century cool cricketers, including one taken in Boycott’s mother’s bathroom where, so to speak, the young Geoffrey cut his teeth and perfected his Backward Attack:
The Parfitt bathroom:
The matching Parfitt bedroom:
A bedroom in The Gower:
The pool in The Compton:
The Dexter, note the roof styling and use of diamond bricks:
Suitably fastidious and symetrical tiling in the Edrich:
And finally bathroom features in The Boycott where the flamingos prefigure a South African infatuation:
Plenty in the cabinet to aid the dyspeptic.