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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Art, High Cross House |

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

What we now know as High Cross House was originally known as ‘High Cross Hill’. I had assumed that this name had been consigned to history once the house was completed (it’s always referred to by Curry and in the architect’s plans as High Cross Hill). However for some reason I was recently looking at the listing of properties in the UK which are listed for protection. There are, not surprisingly, quite a number of very old and not so old buildings on the Dartington Estate that are listed, and I noticed that the listing for this property still refers to it as High Cross Hill. So we know that in the 1980s it was still being referred to by this name.

When does a place become a building? To me, the name High Cross Hill suggests a place, chosen for its beauty perhaps, certainly for its location. It suggests a space for being rather than a container for living. It makes me wonder whether the house became a House only after it ceased to be a place where people actually lived.

What’s in a name?