This squat piece stands on four short legs in the midst of concentric rings of stone blocks and gravel, outlined in brick. The central cube has been hollowed out on three of its faces to create a series of geometric shapes: on one face, a large central hemisphere is surrounded by four smaller hemispheres at the corners, with six shield-like shapes in between to create a border; another face has a large central hemisphere bordered by smaller hemispheres, triangles and diamonds; while on the third face the large central hemisphere is bordered by irregular shapes. On top of the central cube is a single large hemisphere.
Madeley Court was originally the site of the grange of the priors of Wenlock. The land was bought by Sir Rupert Brooke, speaker of the House of Commons in 1553, and the house was probably built in the early days of Elizabeth I. Between 1709 until his death it was inhabited by the first Abraham Darby.
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