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Spade House, Sandgate, Kent

Date: 1899

Client: H.G. Wells

Listing: Grade II*


Pevsner's Kent: North East & East (with John Newman, 2013) says:

SANDGATE. SPADE HOUSE, Radnor Cliff Crescent, now Wells House Nursing Home. H G Wells's seaside hideout, cleverly concealed from the road and designed for him in 1899 by Voysey. Extended by Voysey in 1903. The extension not really perceptible and the original design not so finely balanced that it suffered from being added to. Characteristic harled walls with buttresses. Long deep roofs and mullioned windows, as well as the way the house is tucked into the hillside, all emphasize the horizontals as usual. In its day the design was as fresh as the sea breezes. The spade-shaped letter box, substituted at Wells's insistence for Voysey's favourite heart, has sadly disappeared.

Spade House

Photograph by John Trotter.

Page last amended 20th September 2023