LITTLEHOLME.

Upper Guildown Road,
Guildford, Surrey.

c.1906-08.

For George Müntzer.

 

1909 addition of dormer-windows and rooms in roof.
1911-12 Gardener's cottage.
1925 alterations.
The main house has been divided into two.

 

Perspective published in The British Architect, 26th July 1907.

 

Text published in The British Architect, 26th July 1907, p.59.

 

 

 Designs for Littleholme, Upper Guildown Road, Guildford, Surrey,
                       for George Müntzer: plans, elevations and section of preliminary design II,
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

 

Drawings published in The British Architect, 5th July 1907.

 

 

Ground Plan published in The British Architect, 5th July 1907.

 

 


Bedroom Plan published in The British Architect, 5th July 1907.

 

Drawings courtesy of RIBA Drawings Collection.

 

Text published in The British Architect, 5th July 1907, p.5.

 

Littleholme, Guildford, Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration 31.1912-1913, p.166

 

Littleholme, Guildford, Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, vol. 31, 1912-1913, p.166

 

 

Paul Klopfer, Voyseys Architektur-Idyllen, Moderne Bauformen, 1910

 

 

Moderne Bauformen - Monatshefte für Architektur und Raumkunst, vol.12, 1913, p.143

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo on rightmove.co.uk

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo courtesy of John Trotter

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo courtesy of John Trotter

 

Photo by Heinz Theuerkauf (1976)

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo on rightmove.co.uk

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo on rightmove.co.uk

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo on rightmove.co.uk

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo on rightmove.co.uk

 

 

Littleholme, Guildford, photo on rightmove.co.uk


 

Photograph of stone 'Devil' bearing Voysey's features,
photo courtesy of John Trotter

 

Photograph of stone 'Devil' bearing Voysey's features,
photo courtesy of John Trotter

 

 

Garderner's Cottage, photo by Heinz Theuerkauf, 1976

 

 

Garderner's Cottage, photo by Heinz Theuerkauf, 1976

 

 

Gardeners Cottage, Littleholme, Guildford, photo courtesy of John Trotter

 

 

Garderner's Cottage
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

Garderner's Cottage,
Drawings published in
The British Architect, 21st June 1912.

 

 

Text published in The British Architect, 21st June 1912, p. 452.

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Gardener's Cottage, published in The British Architect, December 1912.

 

Photographs and Drawings Courtesy of The Royal Institute of British Architects.
Photographs, drawings, perspectives and other design patterns
at the Royal Institut of British Architects Drawings and Photographs Collection.
Images can be purchased.
The RIBA can supply you with conventional photographic or digital copies
of any of the images featured in RIBApix.

Link > RIBApix: Littleholme Images

Link > RIBA Drawings Collection: all Voysey Images

 

Link > Black & white photos on flickr taken in 1976

 

Description on https://historicengland.org.uk

SU 94NE GUILDFORD UPPER GUILDOWN ROAD (South-East Side) 3/246 Nos 1, 2 and 3 13/1/72 (Littleholme) II House, now three dwellings. 1907 by C. A. Voysey for the builder and interior decorator G. Muntzer. Whitewashed roughcast with Bath stone dressings; hipped plain-tiled roofs with flat roof to left end. Two storeys, set into hillside with attic storey in large gable to right of centre. Stone-coped and rendered stacks including one cross-ridge stack to right, right of centre, at the junction with main gable, and to rear left of centre. Tile-on-edge drip courses over ground floor left and to first floor of gable. Gable projects with one 4-light leaded, stone-dressed window on the first floor under a tile-on-edge lintel and one 5-light window on the ground floor. Asymmetrical gable adjacent to larger projecting end gable with tile hung dormer between the two. Oblong attic window; 9-light mullioned and transomed window on the first floor and small square window below. Further ground floor window to right. Left hand range set back from gable with 2 windows on the first floor (1950's) and four windows below. Part-glazed door to left (No. 3), panelled door to left of main gable in corn-husk decorated surround with fluted pilaster piers, (No. 2) and flat hood on brackets above. Old main door to ground floor right of centre in the main gable. Round-arched head with large glazed roundel to upper part of door; original door furnishings survive (No. 1). Rear:- Hip-roofed projecting square bay with glazed-in sleeping balcony on the first floor to right of centre. Three hipped-roof dormers to right with roof finials. Three large first floor windows and flat-roofed wooden arbour to the ground floor. PEVSNER: BUILDINGS OF ENGLAND, SURREY (1971) p.293.

 

Description on historicengland.org.uk:
LITTLEHOLME COTTAGE

GV II Cottage. Designed by C F A Voysey (1857-1941) in 1911 as the gardener's cottage to Littleholme. Vernacular Revival style. The later C20 porch and extension to the north west are not of special interest.

MATERIALS: Whitewashed roughcast with Bath stone dressings and plain tiled roof with central brick chimneystack with open panels at the top revealing four terracotta chimneypots.

PLAN: The original plan was a lobby entrance house of two bays of one storey with attics in the gable ends, almost central entrance and chimneystack with two main rooms on each floor.

EXTERIOR: The south-east or entrance front has two hipped dormers (not shown in the original elevational drawing) and an unusual small central window to the upper floor just below the eaves lighting the staircase. The ground floor has two triple windows with wide Bath stone surrounds merging into a central Bath stone arch, with tile-on-edge dripmould at the top and original door with three panels at the top, nine small glazed panels to the centre and a large panel at the base. The north-east end is gabled with kneelers of stepped tiles-on-edge and a dripmould of tiles-on-edge above the triple window to the upper floor. Below is a drip moulding of tiles-on-edge over the windows, curving above the kitchen doorcase which contains the original door with two panels, three small glazed panels and hinges with spade decoration. The south-west end has a similar gable with tile-on-edge decoration above the upper floor window and two single light windows to the ground floor, each with tile-on-edge dripmoulding. The rear elevation is concealed by a later C20 extension.

INTERIOR: The ground floor has a central lobby with straight flight staircase opposite. There are a number of plank doors with large iron hinges with spade decoration and the window cills retain original glazed green tiles. The lounge to the south-west has a fireplace with round-headed brick arch. The kitchen to the south east has an axial beam and cambered opening to the fireplace. The south-western bedroom retains an original fireplace with a painted brick round-headed arch and iron firegrate.

HISTORY: This cottage was designed by C F A Voysey as the gardener's cottage to the main house, Littleholme which he built in 1907 for the builder and interior decorator G Muntzer who had worked on some of Voysey's Surrey houses. Voysey estimated that the gardener's cottage would cost considerably less than the garden at £300. The signed original plans and drawings by Voysey survive. During the Second World War the main house was requisitioned by the Home Office and the Muntzers moved into the gardener's cottage. On the 1916 Ordnance Survey map the building is shown rectangular in shape. An extension had been built by the 1962 OS map where the plan is shown as an L-shape.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: A vernacular revival style gardener's cottage desiged for one of his builders by the distinguished architect C F A Voysey. It bears the hallmarks of his style, roughcast walls, gables and leaded light window, and groups with the main house, Littleholme.

SOURCES: Pevsner and Nairn, "Buildings of England: Surrey" (1971) p293. S Durrant, "C F A Voysey" (1992) p93. W Hitchmough, "C F A Voysey" (1997) p159.

 

Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects
C. F. A. Voysey
by Joanna Symonds,
p.25

 

                                                               p. 26

                                                                                  

 

References:

The British Architect, LXVIII, 1907, pp. 5, 6 & 60; LXXVII, 1912, pp. 452 & 454; LXXVIII, 1912, p. 390.

 The Architect, LXXIX, 1908, p. 304;CI, 1919, p. 68 (photograph of stone 'Devil' bearing Voysey's features).

 G. Jekyll & L. Weaver, Gardens for Small Country Houses, 1912, pp. 76-80 & 162.

 Moderne Bauformen - Monatshefte für Architektur und Raumkunst, vol.12, 1913, p.143.

  R. Randal Phillips, The Moderne English house, 1927, p. 170.

Wendy Hitchmough, CFA  VOYSEY, London 1995, pp. 157-9.

 David Cole, The Art and architecture of CFA Voysey : English pioneer modernist architect & designer, 2015.

 

 

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