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Stark Protest Against Development Plans

September 3, 1989

COCKINGTON, England (AP) _ A latter-day Lady Godiva rode naked on a horse through this village to protest a company’s plan to replace old stables and farm buildings with luxury housing.

″I’m not an exhibitionist. In fact I am terrified,″ said Lyn Brierly, 42, who made the ride Saturday. ″But if this is what it takes to save the village then I’d do it again and again until someone sits up and takes notice.″

Prudential insurance company, which has owned the village since World War II, has met strong resistance to the development plans and is involved in negotiations with the district council and the Cockington Preservation Society.

Cockington in southwestern England is a cluster of thatched-roof houses. It has a pub designed in the 1930s by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Ms. Brierly, a nurse, said she feared the stables were targeted for development because visitors had complained about horse manure in the village.

″The horses are part and parcel of the village life itself. Ask anyone about Cockington and they’ll immediately think of the horses,″ she said.

Her ride was mentioned in several national newspapers.