SPADE HOUSE.

Radnor Cliff Crescent, Sandgate,
Folkestone, Kent.

1899

For H. G. Wells.

 

1903 additional bay by Voysey.
Later extensive alterations, now a private nursing home.

 

 

Second scheme (unexecuted).
Published in: Duncan Simpson, C.F.A. Voysey, p. 80, fig. 33a:
and in: David Cole, The Art and architecture of CFA Voysey :
English pioneer modernist architect & designer.
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

 

Second scheme (unexecuted).
Published in: Duncan Simpson, C.F.A. Voysey, p. 80, fig. 33a:
and in: David Cole, The Art and architecture of CFA Voysey :
English pioneer modernist architect & designer.
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

 

Second scheme (unexecuted).
Published in: Duncan Simpson, C.F.A. Voysey, p. 80, fig. 33a:
and in: David Cole, The Art and architecture of CFA Voysey :
English pioneer modernist architect & designer.
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

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Third scheme showing the house almost as executed.
Published in: Duncan Simpson, C.F.A. Voysey, p. 82, fig. 33b.
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

 

Third scheme showing the house almost as executed.
Published in: Duncan Simpson, C.F.A. Voysey, p. 82, fig. 33b.
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

 

Third scheme showing the house almost as executed.
Published in Duncan Simpson, C.F.A. Voysey, p. 82, fig. 33b.
Link > RIBA Drawings Collection

 

 

 

Photograph by Peter Davey, Arts and Crafts Architecture, p. 92, pl. 85.
Nearest bay addition by Voysey in 1903.

 

 

Photo on folkestonehistory.org

 

 

Photo by Ellis Woodman on twitter

 

 

Photo by Pavement Pounders CIC on flickr

 

 

Photo on kenthistoryforum.co.uk

 

 

Photo by Andrew M Butler on flickr

 

 

Voysey, Spade House, photo by Phil Beard on flickr

 

 

Photos on bbhilda.topcities.com/Folkestone

 

 

As Peter Davey notes in Arts and Crafts Architecture, H. G. Wells chose Voysey as the "pioneer in the escape from the small snobbish villa residence to the bright and comfortable pseudo cottage." (H. G. Wells, Experiment in Autobiography, Victor Gollancz, republished 1966, p. 638.)

 

Link > https://edwardianculture.com/2013/09/17/edwardian-encounters-spade-house

 

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Link > Photograph by Edward Le Fanu on www.imagesofengland.org.uk (with description)

Description on imagesofengland:

1. 5281 RADNOR CLIFF CRESENT (West Side) SANDGATE Spade House TR 2035 SE 7/37 II* GV 2. Mid C19 with additions of 1903 designed by C F A Voysey, architect, for H G Wells. 2 storeys. White roughcast walls, stone dressings. Mullioned Windows with leaded lights. Tiled roof. Entrance front has doorway with Tudor arch. 2 storeyed canted bay of stone to left. To left mullioned windows to 1st floor. Sloping buttressed corners. 2 storeyed block at right angles added in l920's. Canted front of 2 storeys. To the right the ground rises to lst floor garden porch flanked by hipped bay windows. To left mullioned windows on both floors. Canted bay window to left with balcony above. Sloping buttress. End gable tile hung. Tall roughcast chimneystacks. The interior contains arched doorcases and a staircase which incorporates 2 round-headed arches divided by a twisted column. It was at Spade House that Wells wrote 'Mankind in the making', 'A Modern Utopia', 'In the Days of the Comet', 'The New Machiavelli', 'The War in the Air', 'Tono Bungay', 3ungay', 'Anticipations', 'The Food of the Gods', 'Ann Veronica', 'Kipps', 'The History of Mr Polly', 'New Worlds for Old', and 'First and Last Things'. Spade House forms a group with Endcliffe House, St Paul's Vicarage and Vicarage Cottage. Sea Lady and East Cliff House. Vicarage Road.

 

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