Visit to The Homestead

Applications are now invited for our visit to The Homestead and Frinton Park Estate on Saturday 15th June 2024.

Frinton-on-Sea

Until late Victorian times Frinton-on-Sea comprised just a church, several farms and a handful of cottages. In 1881 its population was just 55 people. On 17th January 1893, Richard Powell Cooper purchased land there, intending to take over and continue the development begun in 1886 by Peter Schuyler Bruff and The Marine General Land, Building and Investment Company Ltd.

Progress over the previous seven years had been slow, but the new owner, with a clear vision of creating "a high class and select watering place", set about selling off plots of land. On his death twenty years later there was established a modern town "full of vitality" with a population of more than 1500 people.

Situated between Frinton and Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton Park Estate has the largest collection of individually designed Modernist houses in England, built under the auspices of Oliver Hill, the lead architect for The South Coast Property Company, 1934 to 1936.

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The Homestead

The Homestead is seen today as one of Voysey's last and most mature houses. It was built in 1905-6 as a second home for Sydney Claridge Turner, a bachelor and the Secretary and General Manager of the Essex & Suffolk Equitable Insurance Society. From 1904 Turner was a member of Frinton Golf Club, which, at the time, played on links spreading across Second Avenue and the future site of the Homestead. He invited Voysey to design the complete house, including all of its furniture and fittings. In 1906-7 he also commissioned Voysey to plan, furnish and decorate the Society's London offices in Capel House (which we visited in March 2013).

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Programme

All times following the start at 10am are approximate.

  • 10.00: meet at The Crossing Cottage, headquarters of the Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust, for coffee and an introduction to the day and to Frinton. We are grateful to the Trust for its invaluable assistance with this event.
  • 10.15: guided architectural walk of the Edwardian avenues of Frinton, highlighting many of the prestigious houses by major architects and explaining how the developers of the resort fulfilled their promise of building a select place to live which attracted the great and the good to the town. Including an extended visit to The Homestead by Voysey and also Frinton's Saxon church, St Mary's, with its Morris & Co. window designed by Burne-Jones.
  • 13.30: lunch at the Methodist Church hall
  • 14.15: walking tour of Frinton Park Estate, highlighting buildings by Oliver Hill and other Modernist architects, including interiors of some of the properties.
  • 16.45: afternoon tea at The Crossing Cottage. The Cottage and Railway museums will be open so that attendees can learn more about Frinton and its environs.

Frinton is a rough triangle no more than one mile long on each side. However, those who wish to drive the route instead of walking can do so and meet us at the key points.

Please note that no photographs may be taken inside the private houses.  There is no restriction on photographs of exteriors, but please note our photography guidelines. We shall assume that attendees consent to their own inclusion in photographs taken on the day unless they advise the group leader otherwise.

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Charges

A charge of £40 per head will be made to members. This fee includes a ploughman's lunch with all other refreshments, and a handout with information on Frinton, the houses and their architects, and a map.

Numbers are limited because of access to the houses. If space permits, we are happy to accept members' guests at this event, for whom the charge will be £45 per head.

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Directions

The 8.18am train from Liverpool Street, operated by Greater Anglia Trains, should get you to Frinton at 9.46am. You will need to change at Thorpe-le-Soken. Turn left as you leave Frinton station and you will find Crossing Cottage 100m on your left.

For those arriving by road, the postcode of the Cottage is CO13 9JT. Tourist brown signs mark the way, starting at the Weeley roundabout on the A133 from Colchester. At the Weeley roundabout take the B1033 to Frinton-on-Sea, passing through Thorpe-le-Soken and Kirby Cross. To enter Frinton-on-Sea, turn right at the railway crossing roundabout and cross the railway line. The Cottage is located immediately on your right. Parking is available in the roads close by (or at the station, which is expensive).

Google street map showing location of Crossing Cottage

Bus stops are found just prior to entering the town via the level crossing.

The Cottage is an old railway building which is not fully accessible to the disabled. Museum displays are desk height and wall mounted. The gardens are accessible with paved paths and lawns. There are steps into the museum buildings.

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How to apply

This event is now fully booked, but we are maintaining a reserve list in case of cancellations. Please complete our online application form.

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Page last amended 10th April 2024