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Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
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SU 34309 63050


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SU 36 SW 6/126

HAM, SPRAY ROAD, Ham Spray House


House; c1830. Stucco on brick, slate roof. Two-storey, Five bays to garden front, with long extension to east, the rear brick laced flint. Central door, half- glazed with margin glazing, and large 12-pane sashes. Square cast iron porch with raised ball finial, remodelled from original verandah. To rear, central bay drawn forward with wide entrance door and side lights. Wing to west terminates in bow with four sashes each floor. Roof hipped with boxed eaves. Interior: Ceiling cornices. Blue and yellow tiles in kitchen and larder said to be by Dora Carrington.

Ham Spray House was home to artist Dora Carrington, Ralph Partridge and writer Lytton Strachey. Carrington and Partridge married in 1921 and the trio moved to Ham Spray House in 1924. They shared a ménage a trois, and had open relationships, often with same-sex partners. Strachey died in 1932, and Dora Carrington committed suicide shortly after. Strachey wrote Elizabeth and Essex (1928), Portraits in Miniature (1931) and Characters and Commentaries (1933) in the first floor library of Ham Spray House. The library, designed by Carrington, retains fireplace tiles with Strachey’s monogram, a painting of an owl on a book, and a false bookcase with bookspines of books with humorous titles. Ham Spray House is an important building connected with the Bloomsbury Group, a group of artists and writers of the early-to-mid twentieth century. The group included Carrington, Partridge, Strachey, Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, E.M. Forster and John Maynard Keynes. The group was in the vanguard of English modernism, influential in art, literature, philosophy and culture. Many members of the group shared sexual and romantic relationships with each other.

Listing NGR: SU3430963050


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 01 Nov 2001
Reference: IOE01/05989/27
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Graham J Greaves. Source Historic England Archive
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