LAUGHTON HILLS.
 
Laughton, near Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

1920/1935

 For William Taylor.

 

"The site of the house was chosen by the client, William Taylor, in connection with his experimental designs for dimpled golf balls. The laboratory wing was built in 1920 and the main block of the house in 1935 with Taylor making some alterations to C. F. A. Voysey's designs."
 (Notes taken from the RIBA)

 

 

Photo by Andy Haigh on www.imagesofengland.org.uk

Description on imagesofengland.org.uk:

SP 68 NE LAUGHTON LAUGHTON HILLS 4/29 Laughton Hills 1.5.86 GV II House. 1920 and 1935. C F A Voysey for William Taylor. Laboratory wing built 1920, main block in 1935 with Taylor making some alterations to Voysey's plans. Roughcast rendered brick with stone dressings. Collyweston stone flagged roof with 3 ridge stacks. Blue-grey brick plinth. North front: asymmetrical, 2 storeys, 9 irregular bays. Off centre 2-storey entrance porch with parapet, arched doorway and 6-light stone mullioned window above. To left and right of porch, ranges of mullioned 2-light and single light casements, on both storeys. Flat roofed, parapeted wing to right with a 4-light mullioned casement in the lower storey and a single light casement above. To left a flat roofed, parapeted single storey laboratory and garage wing with glazed and lead covered cupola. South elevation has ranges of 2-light, 3-light and 4-light casements on both storeys, and an off-centre recessed entrance porch with 2 plank doors. Interior: designed or inspired by Voysey. Principal staircase and gallery, with square section newels and shaped and plain splat balusters, with moulded handrail. All of locally grown oak. Vertical board dados, walnut panelling and panelled doors with cast-iron door furniture. Window latches reputedly designed by William Taylor. Art Deco semi-circular moulded plaster lampshades at cornice level in many rooms. Brushed brick and tile chimneypiece. The site of the house was chosen by Taylor in connection with his experimental designs for dimpled golf balls. Original drawings by Voysey in the RIBA drawings collection.

 

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Photo by Andy Haigh on www.imagesofengland.org.uk

 

Description on www.imagesofengland.or.uk:

SP 68 NE LAUGHTON LAUGHTON HILLS 4/28 The Lodge 1.5.86 GV II Lodge to Laughton Hills. 1920. C F A Voysey for William Taylor. Roughcast rendered brick with stone dressings. Collyweston slate roof and slate hung gables. Rendered brick ridge stack. Blue-grey brick plinth. 2 storeys and garret. West front: 3 bays. Central recessed entry with pointed arch with hood- mould with returned steps. Stone loop to right of arch. To left, a 3-light mullioned casement and to right, a similar window. Above to left and right, similar casements. Gable end walls have 2-light mullioned casements on both storeys and 2-light garret windows above. All windows have iron frames with leaded lights. Interior original exposed oak joists. Cast iron or bronze door furniture. Staircase with splat balusters. Pointed arch chimneypieces in brick or tile. Original drawings by Voysey in RIBA drawings collection.

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Link > https://historicengland.org.uk

Link > RIBA Drawing Collection (Plans)

Link > RIBA Drawings Collection (1), (preliminary design I)

Link > RIBA Drawings Collection (2), (preliminary design I)

 

References

The Builder, CXIX, 1920, pp. 65-66.

Illustrated in Carpenter & Builder, 20 June 1924, p. 826.

Richard Hollis, Voysey's last house: Laughton Hills, 1920 and 1935: "Hidden from view". The Orchard, Number Five, Autumn 2016, pp. 45-52.

 

 

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