Bedford Park


For J. W. Forster.

New wing on the left by Voysey in 1894.


According to Nikolaus Pevsner the house "is amazingly independent, considering the the date, 1891. The arrangement of the windows is particularly striking. But whereas this kind of free grouping also prevails in the work of Norman Shaw and his school, the whiteness of the walls was an open protest against the surrounding red brick of Shaw's garden suburb. The tower-like tallness of the house also and the skipping rhythm of bare walls and horizontal window openings were innovations introduced deliberatly and not without a youthful sense of mischief. (Nikolaus Pevsner, Pioneers of Modern Design).

As Wendy Hitchmough notes, the imposition of a stark white cube, sparsely detailed and emphatically vertical, into an area of refined red brick Queen Anne houses, which were designed with all the decorative variety that Shaw could muster - was overtly individual, if not a little shocking (Wendy Hitchmough, CFA VOYSEY, London 1995, p. 37).



Photograph by Steve Cadman on Flickr



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Bedford Park, photo by Elena Antonietta on flickr



Photo by Jamie Barras on Flickr


Photo by Philip Wilkinson, on englishbuildings.blogspot.de



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Photo by John Milgram, on pinterest



Photo on paradisebackyard.blogspot.de



Photograph by Steve Cadman on Flickr



Photo by Joanne Lukacher on Flickr


Photo by Julian Osley, geograph.org.uk



Photo by Charles Holland, on fantasticjournal.blogspot.de



Contemporary photograph,
therese.de on Picasaweb,
RIBA Photographs Collection



Bedford Park,
Image from The Studio, International Art Magazine (1897


Elevations and plans published in: John Brandon-Jones, C.F.A. Voysey,
and published in: Peter Ferriday, Victorian Architecture, London 1963, p. 278.


Elevation published in: John Brandon-Jones, C.F.A. Voysey,
and published in: Peter Ferriday, Victorian Architecture, London 1963, p. 278.



Sketch by T. Raffles Davison,
published in: Duncan Simpson, CFA Voysey  an architect of individuality, London 1979, fig. 6.


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Link > Black & White Photographs on flickr taken in 1976


Description on Historic England

SOUTH PARADE 1. 5010 W4 No 14 TQ 2078 8/6 2.2.70 II* 2. 1889-91 by C F A Voysey. Added lower wing of 1894, also Voysey. Later altered by insertion of garage doors. This is one of Voysey's first houses, designed evidently in conscious opposition to the red brick cosiness of the surroundings. It is roughcast and shows proudly its bare grey walls and the robust stone dressings of the horizontal windows. The far projecting eaves are carried on elegant thin iron brackets. Three storeys with later 2 storey wing to left. Multi light leaded casement windows. Two storeyed bay with tented roof. Of greatest historical importance. Built for artist J W Forster.


Norman Shaw's houses at Bedford Park:

Link > www.essential-architecture.com

Link > Bedford Park, set by Steve Cadman on Flickr

Link > R. Norman Shaw, set by Steve Cadman on Flickr

Link > Bedford Park: R. Norman Shaw and others, photos by Jamie Barras on Flickr

Link > www.bedfordpark.org.uk

Link > Hempstead Garden Suburb Trust: Temple Fortune Lane - Willifield Way.pdf




 The British Architect, XXXVI, Sept.1891, pp. 209-210.

The Builder's Journal & Architectural Record,
IV, 1896, p. 68.

 The Studio, XI, 1897, pp. 20 & 25.

 Architectural Association Journal, LXXII, 1957, pp. 249-251.



Previous designs by Voysey


Link > RIBA Ground plan of an unexecuted design for a house at Bedford Park for Mrs Forster, 1888


1888, House at Bedford Park, unexecuted design for Mrs Forster.
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection





1889, unexecuted design for a Tower House, Streatham Hill.
RIBA Drawings Collection



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