Bruce Montgomery, composer and author.

Bruce Montgomery, composer and author.

The house was built in 1962 but has quite an interesting history. The parcel of land was originally owned by the Dartington state but was sold to a writer and composer called Bruce Montgomery who built a house. Montgomery, a friend and contemporary of Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin was then at the height of his powers. Consequently the house was architect designed and has some great features such as Stone minster fireplaces and even a nuclear bunker (after all 62 was the height of the cold war). The Bed and Breakfast Dartington was originally Montgomery’s house-keepers apartment but does have its own Minster fireplace.

One of Arthur Grayson's more famous modernist houses.

One of Arthur Grayson’s more famous modernist houses.

Bruce Montgomery ia best known for writing the scores for the first six ‘Carry On’ movies between 1958 and 1962 but he also wrote a number of successful novels under the name Edmund Crispin. A TV adaptation of his humorous Oxford story The Moving Toyshop was shown in 1964 and Alfred Hitcock paid to use the book’s Botley Fair climax to end his film Strangers on a Train. Montgomery also new local writer Agatha Christie who apparently used to come to dinner at Week Meadow.