An architecture enthusiast from Fulham has returned from an adventure on a remote island it took him a week to reach.

Anselm Road resident Tom Devlin, 25, took the trip of a lifetime when he was helped by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to spend six days in St Helena, a tiny island 1,200 miles off the coast of Africa which was once home to the exiled Napoleon.

His aim was to examine to surviving architecture of the colonial period and publish a report on his findings.

Last week, the trainee barrister described his journey to the island, which cannot be reached by plane. "You have to fly in an RAF plane to Ascension Island and you wait for a ship which arrives once a month," he said.

The amount of time you spend on the island, he explained, is determined by the ship's schedule.

"I was amazed by the surviving buildings in St Helena. The capital, Jamestown, is so well-preserved that Napoleon would recognise it at once if he were to return today," he added.

Mr Devlin also visited South Africa, Bermuda and the USA on his architecture quest.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust works to help British people acquire knowledge overseas for the benefit of their community and country.

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