Visit to Norney Grange

Applications are now invited for our visit to Norney Grange in Surrey on Saturday 30th March 2024.

Norney Grange

Norney was designed by Voysey in 1897 for the Rev. W. Leighton Grane. It is listed Grade II* by Historic England.

Russell Clapshaw, who lived in the house for seventy years, wrote about it as follows:

Voysey ... was trying to discover the Englishness in architectural style and he experimented at Norney. Thus the slates on this and on many of his houses are from Westmorland. The leaded light windows are of Tudor style. At the eastern end the shaped leaded roofs above the inglenooks are of Gothic style. Notice that the walls which surround the drive circle before the front door have an ogee profile, a trace of the Gothic. True, the panelling inside is of Austrian oak, but apparently such trees grew on the nearby common.

He displays, also, some foreign styles: the round window above the front door is Roman. The metalwork on the front door is Belgian Art Nouveau. So, too, are the bars for opening and closing windows which you can see from outside or inside the house.

Voysey’s approach was holistic; he designed everything. Thomas Elsey of West London made for him the metalwork gutters, down pipes, door handles, key holes and keys, fireplaces, air vents and hinges. Voysey designed also doors, fitted cupboards and dressers. ... He disparaged overt decoration and fashions in furniture and wanted it to be simple and functional.

Voysey was, in some ways, ahead of his time. He seems also to have broken his own precepts. The water boxes above his down pipes are decorated with battlements. The Art Nouveau metalwork is both ornate and foreign. ...

The house is deliberately asymmetric outside and in most rooms inside. The south, more domestic, face is still less symmetrical than the north. ... Much of the front north face is flat and, towards the east, grand. The roof above is full of variety. There are two cross roofs, the main one with a change in pitch. From west to east there is a series of gables of increasing size. Many, on the north side, are flat. However, between the two greatest is a thrusting curved stone porch topped by a large circular window and curved roof.

(For the full version of this account see "Norney Grange – an architectural history" at shackleford.org. An article by Dr Ian Hamerton on the lodges of Norney Grange appears in The Orchard, no.5 (2016), pp.16-24, and an article on the house itself by Richard Havelock in The Orchard, no.10 (2021), pp.81-87.)

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Programme

All times following the start are approximate.

  • 13.00 : convene at the house for an introduction to the day.
  • 13.30-17.00 : guided tours of the interior and exterior of Norney Grange, viewing the gate lodge, stable lodge, and a walk in the garden. We shall also offer tea or coffee during the day.
  • 17.30 : depart.

Alastair Service of the Victorian Society has said that, "the major achievement of Norney is the intense feeling of unity between house and garden … the loving care poured into the achievement of unity with nature makes for an architectural experience of a high order."

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 £15 per head will be made to members. Numbers are limited. If space permits, we are happy to accept members' guests at this event, for whom the charge will be £18 per head.

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Directions

Norney Grange is located at the junction of Shackleford Road and Elstead Road, in the village of Shackleford in Surrey. Its postcode is GU8 6AY.

From the A3 (Guildford and Godalming bypass) take the exit towards Hurtmore, Norney and Shackleford. Turn right on to Hurtmore Road if coming from the north, or left on to Elstead Road if coming from the south. Hurtmore Road continues into Elstead Road.

The Church of St Mary the Virgin stands at the junction of Elstead Road with Shackleford Road. At this crossroads turn right into Shackleford Road, where there is free parking.

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The nearest railway station is Farncombe, 3 miles away, but Godalming has a better service and is almost as close.

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How to apply

This event is now fully booked, but we are keeping a reserve list in case of cancellations. If you wish to be added to the reserve list, please complete our online application form.

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Page last amended 15th February 2024