My favourite Voysey buildings

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey is widely regarded as one of the finest architects of the Arts & Crafts movement. He was the designer of Winsford Cottage Hospital, our latest fundraising appeal. To mark the launch of our appeal, we asked our Conservation Manager (and resident Voysey enthusiast) Alastair Dick-Cleland to name his 5 favourite Voysey buildings.

Greyfriars, Hog’s Back

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I was given an RIBA calendar many years ago by my aunt. It featured Greyfriars, which I think was the first time I had knowingly seen a Voysey building in print. Its huge library window and long runs of horizontal windows are typical features of his work.

The Orchard, Chorleywood

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This is the house that Voysey built for himself so no need to please any client (other than Mrs Voysey!). He furnished it extensively with his own designs and many photographs survive to show a true Voysey interior.

14 South Parade, Bedford Park

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This is such a bold but simple house, built in stark contrast to the neighbouring red brick ‘Queen Anne’ style houses. No wonder it shocked the residents of Bedford Park.

Littleholme, Kendal

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Built for one of Voysey’s favourite furniture makers, it shows that not everything he designed was rendered in roughcast. Here the natural stone prevails – and the porch is deeply impressive.

Broadleys, Windermere

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Built as a holiday home for a colliery owner, this has to rank as one of Voysey’s finest houses. The setting looking out over Lake Windermere is matchless and the rhythm of the three bow windows is striking and unforgettable.

And as a bonus sixth building…

Winsford Cottage Hospital, North Devon 

...because if all goes to plan we will have a Voysey Landmark - and I know that we will do the building proud!

Winsford Cottage Hospital was Voysey's only hospital, which today stands empty and at risk. We plan to make this building a comfortable and welcoming Landmark for six, with community space and a Voysey interpretation room in the east wing continuing to welcome the local community. We can only do this with your help.

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