Design

Behind the mature trees and Japanese gardens laid out by Kusumoto, the famous landscape artist, lies an interior more akin to a cruise ship than a block of flats. The window design of the architect G. Kay Green ensured that each flat received maximum light although in recent years many are being replaced with newer double glazed windows in a similar style. Du Cane is such a good example of Art Deco Architecture that scenes from Agatha Christie’s Poirot were filmed in the building. You can see Du Cane Court at the opening of “The Plymouth Express, in which David Suchet appeared as the lead character Poirot. In the episode, Florence who was a daughter of a multimillionaire, Holliday, lived in the block. The entrance to Du Cane appeared when Florence’s husband was visiting her. Another Christie character Miss Marple is linked to Du Cane Court this time because the actress playing her, Dame Margaret Rutherford, lived in the block.

Available to purchase A History of Du Cane Court: Land, Architecture, People and Politics