But more and more I was conscious of an influence drawing me aside from architecture and planning of buildings to study problems connected with the Social Structure.
At the beginning of the new century Mackmurdo left London & settled in Essex where he had bought an estate. In 1904 he started building the large house of Great Ruffins, Wickham Bishops, symbolically surmounting it with a large tower to enable him to gaze at the stars. Great Ruffins was everything that Mackmurdo had dreamt of. It had seven bathrooms & as many changes of floor-level between what, from the outside, are the ground & first floors. Every room is approached either up or down several steps. The lantern overlooks the estuary of the Blackwater for miles.