Station Road,
Bishop's Itchington, near Warwick.


For Michael H. Lakin.

The Cottage is Voysey's first completed building.

New wing added 1900. A new port has been added to the side of the Cottage.



Design of an unexecuted cottage (c.1885), since Lakin wanted a similar design.

"This optimistic young man thought he could make a start by designing a small house for himself and his future wife;"
C.F. ANNESLEY VOYSEY, The value of hidden influences, as disclosed in the life of one ordinary man,
The Orchard, Number Seven Autumn 2018, p.43

Article about the unexecuted cottage in Studio, 4, 1894, p.34 pdf

There are two design versions, with and without half-timbering.
The version without half-timbering was chosen and the unexecuted cottage design had been altered.

Unexecuted cottage with half-timbering (c.1885)
Plans in The Orchard, Number Seven Autumn 2018, p.44

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1885, Designs for a cottage, plans


Station Road,
Bishop's Itchington


  Plans, from The Open University, fig. 13.jpg
 from The Open University,
 fig. 13
Bishop's Itchington, contemporary photograph, at John Brandon-Jones, pl. B7.jpg
Bishop's Itchington,
 contemporary photograph,
 at John Brandon-Jones, pl. B7
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 from The Open University,
 fig. 13
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The Cottage

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Photo by Walter Chinn
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Photograph by Ducan McNeill

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Bishop's Itchington 2018,
 photo by Heather Bailey
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Bishop's Itchington 2018,
photo by Heather Bailey
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Bishop's Itchington 2018,
 photo by Heather Bailey
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Bishop's Itchington 2018
 photo by Heather Bailey



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The Cottage, Perspective in The Orchard, Number Seven Autumn 2018, p.45

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Description on Historic England (Images of England)

BISHOPS ITCHINGTON STATION ROAD SP35NE (East side) The Cottage 5/3 15/03/83 - II* House. 1888 and 1900 by C.F.A. Voysey, for M.H. Lakin. Roughcast brick. Concrete tile hipped roof has gables to rear and curved iron gutter brackets throughout; roughcast ridge stacks. U-plan, with wings to rear. Arts and Crafts style. 2 storeys; 6-window range. Garden front, originally entrance front has porch with battered walls and leaded lights, but no door. Leaded glazed door inside. Plain leaded painted wood mullioned windows throughout, some with tile and roughcast drip moulds. Ground floor has 5- and 3-light windows, recessed between buttresses. Large 7-light hall window to left of porch, and smaller, 6-, 2- and 3-light windows to right have transoms. 4 shallow hipped half-dormers breaking just above eaves have large 3-light windows. 2 small 2-light windows on right. Low 3-bay loggia attached at right angles on right. Left return side altered and enlarged as entrance front 1900. Four-window range. Large low projection on right has 11-light window and hipped roof. Half-glazed door in angle, of 2 x 3 panels, with adjoining single light linked to 4-light window. Large 4-light window on left. First floor has 2 more 3-light half-dormers on left, and small 4- and 3-light windows. Right return side is an irregular 4-window range. To rear: central bay window of 5 x 2 lights projects from gallery with lean-to roof. 5 and 3-light windows to left. Gabled projection in right angle, adjoining bay window, has 3-light window. 3-sided bay window with steep roof in angle between projection and right wing. Small 4-light window above. Left wing has 3-light first floor window. Right return side has half-glazed door, 3-light window, and 2 first-floor lights. Right wing has single ground floor window. Interior: entrance hall, formerly gallery, has straight flight staircase with stick balusters and moulded handrail. Brick paved floor. Window has small panels of painted glass, of ships and horsemen respectively, possibly C17 Flemish. Room to right has simple fireplace with moulded shelf and curved lining of thin bricks laid on end. Former hall has plain ceiling beams Open fireplace has moulded shelf. Fireplace of brick and edge-laid tiles has arched openings. Wide plank and batten doors with strap hinges. Scrolled twisted rod window catches. Cupboards have heart-shaped escutcheons. The Cottage is Voysey's first completed building. (Buildings of England: Warwickshire, p.214; J. Brandon-Jones et al: C.F.A. Voysey; architect and designer pp.33 and 38).




The British Architect, XXX, 1888, p. 407; XI, 1893, p. 292 (perspective sketch by T. Raffles Davison).

 The Studio, IV, 1894, p. 34.

 Country Life
, III, 1898, pp. 196-197 (designs with and without half-timbering).

Tim Benton and Sandra Millikin, The Open University, Arts: a third level course,
            History of architecture and design 1890-1939, Units 3-4,
         Part four
Link > The British Arts and Crafts architects, pp. 20-46, pl. 34-82 (Voysey, Baillie Scott, Mackintosh)



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