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Addition to The Cliff, Warwick

Date: 1890

Client: Michael H.J. Lakin

Listing: Grade II


Pevsner's Warwickshire (with Chris Pickford, 2016) says:

Attached [to The Cliffe] and to the E, EAST CLIFFE (No.102) is an extension by Voysey for M.H. Lakin of 1890, enlarged in 1910 [sic]. The garden front is typical Voysey, low, roughcast, with unmoulded mullioned windows and an asymmetrically set, broad, shallow bow.

Pevsner's mention of enlargement in 1910, which is repeated in the Historic England listing description, is incorrect. This refers to another house called The Cliff, in Malvern Wells, which was altered for Edward Lyon Lakin, younger brother of the Warwick client, in 1910 and again in 1914 and 1919 (Black Book entries 327, 369 & 395).

The Warwick house is now two separate dwellings, created by the demolition in about 1935 of rooms in the original non-Voysey building. In the sketch on this page, the part on the extreme left has gone. The Voysey extension of 1890 became 102 Coventry Road, with the name ‘Eastcliffe’. To make it a dwelling a ‘wraparound’ was built to create a new front, hallway and kitchen area. (Information from the present owner.)

The Cliff

Image from The British architect, 25th April 1890.

Page last amended 26th January 2022