HISTORIC BUILDING REPORT - Strawberry Hill, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames, London

Author(s): Peter Guillery

The early history of Strawberry Hill, the house enlarged and made famous by Horace Walpole, is here reconsidered. A descriptive and analytical account of the building fabric of the earlier parts of the house is prefaced by a résumé of Walpolean documentation. The original house of 1698 or thereabouts appears to have been a T-plan two-storey cottage, extended with an irregular tripartite rear addition in the 1720s. Walpole's alterations of 1748 and 1753-4 were largely directed towards producing a more regular and conventionally planned house, a Palladian villa in its plan and massing. His acceptance of asymmetry and the related adoption of the Gothic style appear to have derived in significant measure from the irregular qualities of the house that he acquired.

Report Number:
Building Recording


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