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Man (68) held over blaze at 16th century stately home

By Rod Minchin

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a huge fire at a Grade I listed stately home.

The 68-year-old was held by officers investigating the blaze at 16th century Parnham House in Beaminster, Dorset. Fire ripped through the house during the early hours of Saturday, April 15, causing significant damage.

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said a 68-year-old Beaminster man was arrested on suspicion of arson and was currently assisting officers with enquiries.

"The fire was confirmed to have been fully extinguished this morning," the spokeswoman added. "The property is likely to be cordoned off for some time to allow investigators to examine the scene."

Parnham House is described as an "exceptionally important mid-C16 house" by Historic England. It was built for Robert Strode and Elizabeth Hody in 1522. Furniture designer John Makepeace bought the property in 1976 and ran his School for Craftsmen in Wood there. It was then bought by Michael and Emma Treichl in 2001, who carried out extensive renovation.

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