Simon Thurley turns his attention to recreating the gothic anarchy of Fonthill Abbey. Built almost 200 years ago by William Beckford, its peculiar mix of architecture caused almost as much of a scandal in society as the shocking goings-on inside. Thurley reveals how the reclusive Beckford's strange habits and obsessions were played out here, including his fixation with height - which could have been the catalyst for the abbey's destruction
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