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Memorial for Deborah Hutton ‘And if I Could Ask’

County Norfolk   District Council South Norfolk 
Civil Parish or equivalent Langley  Town/Village* Langley 
Road The Avenues 
Precise Location Paddock of Grange 
OS Grid Ref TG355010  Postcode NR14 
Previous location(s)  
Setting In a paddock  Access Private 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Lida Cardozo Kindersley  Letter carver(s)   

Commissioned by

Charlie Stebbings (Husband) 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling

29 May 2008 


Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Commemorative marker

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Memorial  Green slate from Elterwater quarry  Approx. 140 high 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


The Grange, Langley 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Inscriptions And/ if I could/ ask you/ just one/ more thing/ It would be/ to go out/ and do/ a little/ kindness Deborah 13 July 2005  

Description (physical)

Set in a paddock with horses the memorial has a deliberately uneven finish, and was designed so that horses and ponies could rub against it. 

Description (iconographical)

Deborah Hutton,a distinguished and much loved health writer for Vogue, died on 15 July 2005 aged 49. The marker is set in the paddock of the house where she had been brought up, and reflects her passion for horses. The words on the memorial come from an address which she prepared two days before her death to be read out at her funeral, on 29 July. They reflected a desire for a less critical and kinder approach to life. She had been diagnosed with cancer seven months earlier, a period she devoted to getting her, and her family's life in order and writing 'What Can I Do To Help', published in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief, and launched only a few days before her death. She had smoked briefly from 17 to 24, when she gave up and on Vogue wrote of beauty as dependent on a healthy diet and exercise. After being diagnosed she wrote 'We need to have the humility to recognise that there are no prizes, certainly no guarantees, for good behaviour ... health is not a given, or even, sadly, an earned.' At her last public appearance, to launch her book, she took the opportunity to urge the prime minister, Tony Blair, to lobby for more action to prevent smoking among teenage girls. Charlie Stebbing continues to lead the struggle against smoking through the Deborah Hutton Campaign, with annual awards in schools for art, writing and film-making 


Date taken:  21/6/2009
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  21/6/2009

Inspected by:
Sarah Cocke

Sources and References

Information from Charlie Stebbing; Deborah Hutton, Obituary, Guardian, 18 July 2005 by Veronica Howell 


Date entered:  28/6/2009

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke