8 Sep '14

News Peter de la Cour obituary

Peter de la Cour, who has taken his own life aged 71, was co-founder, with Peter Read, of the Redfield Community in north Buckinghamshire. Peter moved to Redfield, near the town of Winslow, then a dilapidated mansion, with its first members in 1978, to begin an exercise in communal living with an educational and environmental focus. Today it still has 20 adult occupants and their children, as well as rare breed sheep, chickens, pigs and bees, a yurt field, composting toilets, a straw-bale greenhouse and the Redfield Centre, a venue for courses and workshops.Peter was born in Copenhagen, son of Carlo Torrens, a doctor, and Agnete Dornonville de la Cour, a nurse. He moved to Britain as a teenager with his mother and three siblings. Agnete's mother Else had married William Lygon, 8th Earl Beauchamp, and the family lived initially at Madresfield Court in Malvern, Worcestershire, (upon which Evelyn Waugh is said to have based Brideshead). It was there that Peter first experienced the depression that dogged him throughout his life. Continue reading...

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